UN has a mere $100 000 in Ebola trust fund

2014-10-17 10:48
Ebola victims. (Florian Plaucheur, AFP)

Ebola victims. (Florian Plaucheur, AFP)

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Washington - The UN trust fund for Ebola has barely $100 000, a pittance compared to what the world body says it needs to fight the worst outbreak on record, the New York Times said on Friday.

The cash, which came from Colombia, is a tiny fraction of the $1bn that the UN has estimated it needs to fight the epidemic that has killed around 4 500 people, the Times said.

The UN regards the Ebola trust fund as a flexible cash resource that can be drawn on as needed to contain the epidemic, the Times said, quoting UN officials.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had earlier told reporters the fund had $20m in cash, but aides later said that amount referred to pledges and not cash, the Times said.

Separately, donors have given cash and non-cash contributions worth about $376m to specific UN programmes.

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