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October 16, 2014

Medical Charity at Ebola Forefront Says It's at Its Limit

Doctors Without Borders, the global aid group that has taken the lead in fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, says it is stretched to the limit and needs other organizations to ratchet up work against the deadly virus, Reuters reports. The charity, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, operates six centers with a combined 600 beds in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia and has some 3,000 workers on the ground, up from about 650 in early August.

"Now we have reached our ceiling," said Brice de le Vingne, the organization's director of operations. Governments and other aid agencies are ramping up their activity, but the "speed of the deployment is still lower than the speed of the epidemic," he said. The World Health Organization projected Tuesday that the spread of Ebola could reach 5,000 to 10,000 new cases a week in early December.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article about the Doctors Without Borders Ebola mobilization.