The world’s second richest man has committed to spend $50 million on the fight against Ebola in West Africa
Billionaire, Bill Gates, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is set to spend $50 million on the fight against Ebola.
This was announced yesterday, September 10, 2014, by the organization’s President of Global Development, Chris Elias.
The money will reportedly be used, along with an earlier set-aside sum of $10 million, to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
"It became clear to us over the last 7 to 10 days that the pace and scope of the epidemic was increasing significantly,"
The foundation has said that the donated funds will go to the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.
Ebola has claimed over 2000 lives this year in an outbreak that has been described by the WHO as the worst ever.