Russia to Donate $2Mln for UNICEF to Fight Ebola in West Africa

© Davies/UNICEFUNICEF members are holding posters detailing Ebola virus symptoms, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
UNICEF members are holding posters detailing Ebola virus symptoms, Freetown, Sierra Leone. - Sputnik International
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Moscow will allocate $2 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) programs to fight Ebola in West Africa's Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to an agreement signed Wednesday night in New York.

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The money Russia donated will be spent mostly on improving sanitary and hygiene conditions to prevent new outbreaks of the deadly disease.

"The current contribution is a part of a bigger assistance our country is providing to the three countries that were hit the most. Since the middle of the last year Russia had allocated more than $40 million to fight Ebola – both through bilateral assistance and the United Nations system (including the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization,)" Russia's deputy permanent representative to the UN Dmitry Maksimychev said.

At the agreement signing ceremony Olav Kjorven, head of the UNICEF public partnerships division, and Barbara Bentein, UNICEF global emergency coordinator, thanked Russia for its contribution.

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Bentein noted that the Ebola crisis is not over and that the humanitarian organization needs continued funding not only to eliminate new outbreaks but also for recovery work, especially in schools and health centers.

According to the most recent WHO report, as of May 20 there have been almost 27,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola. In the past week there have been 35 newly registered cases. The disease has claimed 11,120 lives.

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