UN gives $3.8 million for flights in Ebola areas
11 September 2014, 12:41
United Nations — The United Nations humanitarian chief has allocated $3.8 million from an emergency fund to support a U.N. air service operating in the Ebola-struck West African region.
Valerie Amos said Wednesday that a reduction in commercial air flights as a result of the Ebola outbreak has hindered the urgent deployment of health workers and supplies.
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She said the $3.8 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund will assist the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service, run by the World Food Program, to move humanitarian personnel, medical supplies and equipment and aid rapidly to remote locations in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The U.N. said the fund, established in 2006 to provide immediate money to respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world, has provided $7.6 million so far in response to the Ebola outbreak.