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September 12, 2014

Lack of Aid Coordination Hurts Ebola Fight as Virus Spreads

A disorganized and largely leaderless international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has slowed efforts to stem the worst outbreak of the virus in history, according to The Washington Post. The lack of coordination in how funds are being raised and spent and which groups are providing equipment and staff has delayed shipments of badly needed supplies and the set-up of field facilities.

Aid charities, governments in the region, and global health officials were largely caught off guard in the early months of the outbreak, which has claimed more than 2,300 lives, and are now playing catch-up as a rapidly rising caseload outstrips available resources, the Post writes. "Where we are today is probably where we should have been in May," said Ken Isaacs, a former U.S. Agency for International Development official now with Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.