Emergencies preparedness, response

West Africa Ebola outbreak: Funding

Updated April 2016

Funding received

By 22 April 2016, WHO had received over US$ 459 million in direct and in-kind donations from over 60 donors. Most of this funding for Ebola-related activities has come from governments and multilateral organisations.

The largest donors were the United States of America, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Ebola Multi Partner Trust Fund, and Japan.

Top donors as of 22 April 2016 (amounts in USD, millions)


Reporting to donors

This is the fifth report in the “Resources for Results” series, published by the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy on Ebola. It provides an overview of the funding pledged and disbursed by contributing partners to support Ebola response, recovery and research efforts. The report covers the period 1 September 2014 to 31 October 2015.


Ebola response activities

Regular updates on the main activities undertaken and the progress towards ending the Ebola outbreak can be found in the WHO Ebola situation report. During 2015 the situation report was published on a weekly basis. Effective January 2016 it is issued fortnightly.

WHO has also contributed to reports on the results achieved using funds provided by the Ebola Multi Partner Trust Fund:


Ebola preparedness activities

Since October 2014, the WHO preparedness team in Geneva has deployed preparedness strengthening teams to countries identified as having a high risk of importing Ebola cases. By the end of December 2015, the team had deployed over 341 teams on missions to work with Ministries of Health to identify gaps in national capacity, and support the design and implementation of national preparedness plans. The team also rapidly devised a checklist of core preparedness activities, with most countries showing large improvements between October 2014 and December 2015 in their core capacity to respond to an imported case.

Regular updates on Ebola preparedness activities can be found on the WHO website and in dedicated publications:


Ebola early recovery activities

WHO is working with the Ebola affected countries to develop and strengthen the health services for the future. WHO supported the governments to produce national health recovery plans that were first presented to the international community in March 2015 and further discussed in the international meetings on Ebola that followed culminating in the UN Secretary General’s International Ebola Recovery Conference in July 2015. WHO continues to work to strengthen national capacities to help prevent future outbreaks not just of Ebola but of other infectious diseases.

Regular updates on Ebola early recovery activities can be found on the WHO website and in dedicated publications:


Ebola research and development activities

A critical area of work has been in research and development, resulting in diagnostics and a vaccine being developed in less than 12 months. In July 2015, WHO announced the results of an interim analysis of a Phase III efficacy trial for the Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV conducted in Guinea. Preliminary results suggest that the vaccine is highly effective. There are now 13 separate diagnostic tests approved by WHO for emergency use, and several therapies that have shown some promise in early trials.

Regular updates on Ebola research and development activities can be found on the WHO website and in dedicated publications:


Ebola survivor activities

Today, there are over 10 000 survivors of Ebola virus disease, many of whom suffer from long-term medical problems including joint pains, visual problems, and depression. In addition, studies have shown that Ebola virus may persist in some body fluids, including semen, in a small proportion of survivors for up to 12 months after the first onset of symptoms. Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face. and to Ebola virus transmission. At the same time, obtaining a better understanding of the nature of viral persistence is necessary to fully understand the residual risk of new cases.

Throughout 2016 WHO will work with ministries of health and partners to ensure that survivors have access to the care and support they need.

Regular updates on Ebola survivor activities can be found on the WHO website and in dedicated publications.