"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.
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.