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Ebola crisis prompts $100m WHO emergency fund
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The World Health Organization is to set up a $100m (£63m) emergency contingency fund following the Ebola outbreak, its director-general has announced. Speaking in Geneva, Margaret Chan said the WHO had been overwhelmed by the epidemic in West Africa.

She said the demands were more than 10 times greater than anything else it had experienced. The Ebola outbreak was first reported in March 2014 and is believed to have claimed more than 11,000 lives.

The WHO and Ms Chan had faced criticism for the slow international response to the epidemic.

“With the support of member states, I am establishing a $100m contingency fund, financed by flexible voluntary contributions, to ensure we have the necessary resources available to immediately mount an initial response,” Ms Chan told WHO’s annual meeting.

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