The African Union (AU) is hoping to raise a whopping US$100 million to fight the Ebola virus on the continent, reports from Addis-Ababa said yesterday.
The money will have to be raised in partnership with the private sector at the launch of ‘Business-to-Rescue Fund’ this weekend in the Ethiopian capital, where the organisation is based.
The virus has killed over 4 800 people in five West African countries and infected more than 10 000.
“This will be a massive injection of capital in the medical capacity and efficiency in combating the Ebola pandemic in West Africa,” AU boss Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement.
“The meeting this weekend will be the launch pad of what we anticipate will be an all-out war on Ebola, as well as the reconstruction of the economies of the countries affected,” the South African-born former cabinet minister added.