Who gets what for Ebola relief

October 10, 2014

Really, this isn’t funny. This week funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both lampooned the American media’s frenzied coverage of Ebola in the U.S., but in West Africa it is still a catastrophe in the making–with a very real chance that estimates of seven-figure death tolls will become reality.

The world community’s reaction to the outbreak has been late and lax—never underestimate a congressperson’s ability to play politics in an election year—but the urgency of the situation is finally dawning on world leaders who are now scrambling to bolster the effort.

As of yesterday, $740 million in assistance had been contributed—just under a quarter-billion dollars short of the $987.8 million goal outlined in the World Health Organizations’s Ebola response roadmap.

This Reuters graphic outlines the sources of aid, the responding agencies through which relief is flowing, and the end recipients of the donations.

At this point, the only question seems to be just how grim the outcome will be. Better late than never, I suppose.


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I hear Sierra Leone will get the right hand gloves, Liberia the left ones…

Posted by kenruss | Report as abusive

$500,000 in medical supplies sat on a dock in Sierra Leone for over a month because the charity didn’t have $6,500 to pay for the shipping tariffs to SL.

Posted by OuterLimits | Report as abusive

The Ebola issues are interesting and damed scary to watch from a systems incompetence point of view. All the aid in the world will not help unless its run by someone like Paul Farmer and not siphoned off through the normal government misdirection . The column above needs to calculate that and make a list of government ministers who have benefited directly ( probably 60% )

In the Congo where this stuff also lives along with its sister’s Marburg and Lassa these outbreaks have been going on for a long time . Rhodesia used to run supply convoys up to the hard hit areas as we knew it was an all hands on deck issue for when they ( EML ) spread shit truly hits the fan. I do remember at the disinfectant checkpoints on the way home getting strict lectures about these types viral haemorrhagic fevers ability to travel on tarps canvas and similar with heat turning even uniform kit into petri dishes and to see the same stupidity happen with hazmat suits is beyond belief. If you think plastic coveralls and air filters that are supposed to be disposed of to bio hazard standards after every use ( never done due to cost ) is going to save you well bend over and wave goodbye.

Several years ago at a presentation of the Santa Fe institute we talked to some very bright and scary thinkers who got to theorizing on using E,M and L as bio weapons and they described how hospitals in the ewtsern world notably the US are perfect vectors to spread them as they had such inefficient internal systems that commonly use public relations and denial instead of reacting efficiently and it looks from the media as if they where right on. Seeing people in plastic suits trying to disinfect a 747 or effect quarantine in areas the size of Dallas with the media surrounding them in jeans taking selfies is to laughable

One of the Rhodie medical team I knew always theorized that what was needed at the frontline was some kind of blood detection device that could give the field teams ( mostly grunts two stripes and down ) very fast feedback on EML status and in an ideal world a wearable that could communicate how the patient was doing. These devices are now possible and Chris Myatt runs a company called Mbio that could make them and change the way we do everything in healthcare .

Sadly the dickwads at Dept Health will not let him use and test in the US as these systems are ” non ” approved and he has to test them in ( wait for it ) Africa . Cheap plastic suits , painters masks and building site temp sensors are fine for the richest country in the world thank you Duh

When Armageddon knocks we will probably ask them in and pour a beer for all while the cockroaches laugh their ass off as we fade from existence due to our own stupidity.

Posted by Ideapete | Report as abusive

The ebola rabbit is out of the hat,with the latest person in the U.S being tested positive tends to tell me that this disease is easier to contract than what media sources are telling us.
I find it hard to believe that the indiviual from Liberia who this woman became infected from was not treated and cared for with EVERY possible precaustion being taken by those who had been assigned the care giving task.
However with all that being done, someone has still come down with this terrible disease. I fear that ebola is going to be with us for the long haul.Where it all ends is in the lap of the god’s.

Posted by prepare_now | Report as abusive