Global giving to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa amounted to a trickle in the initial months of the crisis, helping to create the circumstances that now require a rapid infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars, writes The Wall Street Journal. More than 60 percent of the $326.7-million committed by Monday to the Ebola fight has come in since the start of September, according to the Financial Tracking Service, an international aid database managed by the United Nations.
Governments, major private donors, and aid groups had given $26.7-million as of July 31, four months after the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders warned that the epidemic was worse than past Ebola outbreaks and could quickly spiral out of control. The UN now estimates that it will take at least $600-million for hospital beds, personnel, and other needs to check the outbreak, which has claimed more than 2,400 lives in West Africa since December.
President Obama is set to announce plans Tuesday for $263-million in U.S. government spending and greater military involvement to combat the virus.