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World Bank Grants US 50 Million For Guinea's Ebola Fight

(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) Washington November 14 (QNA) - The World Bank on Thursday approved a total of US $50 million to strengthen the Government of Guinea's ability to manage public funds in response to the Ebola crisis and related macroeconomic and fiscal shocks.

The financing which will support the Emergency Macroeconomic and Fiscal Support Operation includes a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) credit and a US$10 million grant allocated from the World Bank Group's IDA Crisis Response Window which is designed to help low-income IDA countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely transparent and predictable way a World bank press release Guinea has been at the center of the fight against Ebola but the government is constrained by a lack of resources.

The emergency operation will address the government’s immediate financial needs by supporting the implementation of Guinea’s Ebola response plan put together by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health which includes publishing the operational plan for Ebola surveillance and containment; setting up Ebola treatment centers and placing health inspection teams at major airports; and bi-monthly monitoring of food prices in affected areas.

The operation supports reforms that will help to strengthen public financial management. Among the reforms an Amended Finance Law that requires the government to create a new budget that takes into account the new Ebola expenditures.

The second reform will ensure that the government adopts a formalized Ebola response plan. Finally the third action will focus on transparency of Ebola spending by making all income and expenditure documents publicly available.

The US$10 million approved as part of the EMFSO is part of previous pledges from the World Bank Group for the emergency response to Ebola. The WBG is mobilizing nearly $1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.

This includes more than $500 million for the emergency response and to help speed up the deployment of foreign health workers to the countries and at least $450 million from the International Finance Corporation a member of the World Bank Group to enable trade investment and employment in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to the World Health Organization as of November 9th a total of 14098 confirmed probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six countries. There have been 5160 deaths. Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases. (QNA)

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