Public health advocates today announced the creation of The Ebola Fund, which allows philanthropists and individual givers to support the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the world’s second-largest, after the 2014-15 West Africa outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people. The current outbreak is occurring in an active conflict area, where there have been attacks on medical personnel and treatment centers. As of June 8, there were 2,056 cases, including 1,384 deaths. There are 271 suspected cases being investigated.
In contrast to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there is little funding coming in from private donations to support the organizations responding to the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Despite the urgency and the need for additional funding, philanthropic donors haven’t stepped up like they did in the 2014,” said Gabrielle Fitzgerald, who led the largest philanthropic initiative in support of the West Africa outbreak. “Non-governmental organizations need backing and support to continue the operations that save lives, increase local community engagement, and build trust between communities and outbreak response efforts.”
The Ebola Fund was created to enable philanthropists and individuals to support preparation for, and response to, Ebola outbreaks.