Cooperation between WHO-AfDB: Signing of a US$ 60 million grant to tackle the Ebola outbreak

Abidjan (Ivory Coast), 25 August 2014 – At a signing ceremony tomorrow at 9.30, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Donald Kaberuka, and Dr Luis G. Sambo, Regional Director,  World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa, will sign a donor agreement at the CCIA Building, granting US$ 60 million (approx. 30 billion Francs CFA) to WHO.

The primary objective of this AfDB grant is to interrupt the Ebola epidemic that has spread in West Africa since beginning March of this year.  Countries affected by the outbreak are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  As of 25 August 2014, 2,615 cases of Ebola have been recorded, resulting in 1,427 deaths in these four countries.

During his short visit, the WHO Regional Director for Africa will be welcomed by the Minister of Health and Fight against HIV/AIDS, Mrs Raymonde Goudou Coffie, who will partake in the grant singing ceremony.

The signing ceremony will be followed by a press briefing.

(OMS/BAD/PRESSE)

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Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, WHO Representative to Ivory Coast
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AfDB

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