Response Stretched Thin

Funds are running low for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola response, threatening operations at a critical moment, The Economist reports.
Donors have supplied just half of the $98 million in projected costs for the first half of this year, forcing the WHO to take ~$73 million from an emergency fund.
As Amy Maxmen tweeted, “The bigger the #Ebola outbreak gets, the more expensive it becomes to contain, ie to stop it from spreading to other countries … So how about funding it now?”
Maxmen tells the stories of the workers fighting the outbreak, like WHO program manager Mamoudou Harouna Djingarey, in her latest piece for Nature.
Pointing out an armored vehicle damaged by rocks thrown by Beni townspeople, Djingarey told Maxmen, “We just need to ask them why they throw stones.” The crowd was upset that officials drove through a checkpoint without stopping to wash their hands, as locals must.

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