The rapidly evolving nature of the Ebola emergency has prompted a varied response from different organizations and individuals. The UN’s cost estimate to deal with the crises currently stands at a $1 billion USD and while international governmental response has been slow, the NGO community has taken significant steps and the response is rapidly gaining momentum.
Direct Relief has already flown in $6.8 million worth of medical supplies and health products over the last few weeks, while International Relief and Development, AmeriCares, UNICEF, and other major organizations, have provided goods and services to provide health care, ensure appropriate medical preparation, and provide support and training for volunteers and workers.
Currently some 50 major NGO’s are involved in program implementation initiatives that range from providing essential medical supplies to training health workers in relevant healthcare protocols.
Notable individual contributions include:
- Aliko Dangote (owner of Dangote Group) – $150 million
- Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) – $100 million
- Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) and wife Priscilla Chan – $25 million
- Patrice Motsepe (founder of African Rainbow Minerals) – $1 million
Major businesses have now also joined the NGO community, foundations and individual philanthropists to help reach the United Nations $billion dollar goal according to The Guardian.
Currently the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged the largest amount out of all foundations, with a $50 million donation to UN agencies and international organizations available for immediate use.
Bayer ranks first in a list of corporate CSR donors with a with a pledge of $3.23 million
While government support has been slow, the United States is by far the largest donor with a pledge of $359.17 million and has spent over a hundred million already. Though a number of countries including Kenya, Japan, India, and Australia continue to donate money, some contribute considerably more than simply monetary aid.
While the money is crucial in the fight against Ebola, probably the single biggest shortage is personnel. In response the United States, United Kingdom, and China have deployed hundreds of doctors, nurses and technicians in affected areas and continue to establish treatment centers as rapidly as they are able.
The stated aim is to use funding support to combat and contain the outbreak within a six month timeframe and bring the Ebola epidemic to an end by February 2015. Whether that is realistic or achievable depends in large part on the continued financial and human support of Governments, Foundations, Individuals and NGO’s and support from corporations.
United Nations Monetary Contribution Breakdown (Pledged Amounts)
Public (Non-Government Organizations and Foundations) – $142. 59 Million
Private – $10. 25 Million
Corporate – $18. 37 Million
For detailed information please see
- World Health Organization
- Reuters Blog (Data Dive)
- New York Times
- BBC (graph)