In March 2014, an Ebola outbreak in Guinea spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Despite efforts to contain the deadly virus, the number of infections kept rising causing over 2,400 deaths in West Africa.
Cross-border movements and poor public health infrastructure have contributed to the spread of the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 233 people have died of Ebola in Liberia. The casualties include health workers.
In June 2014, CERF allocated a US$234,856 rapid response grant to help humanitarian partners including the World Health Organization and the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, address the consequences of the outbreak.
In September 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated another $1.2 million from CERF in support of humanitarian aid operations in Sierra Leone.