DRC Donors Push the Reset Button

Key donors are kick-starting a “total reset” for Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Devex reports.
 
The change in tack from the US, the UK, the EU and the World Bank comes amid a need to take the reins from the WHO’s faltering leadership, according to USAID’s Tim Ziemer.

The outbreak has seen 2,284 cases and 1,540 deaths so far, according to the latest WHO numbers.  
 
WHO’s initial plans were designed on “a 4-month horizon,” but 10 months in the outbreak is still raging, Zeimer said in Washington DC.
 
The new 3-pronged approach aims to surround WHO’s new emergency coordinator David Gressly with “the right people,” improve coordination with international organizations, and achieve total transparency on spending to encourage donor confidence, CIDRAP reports. The current Ebola response “burn rate” is about $1 million a day.

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