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Canada to double UN contribution to fight Ebola

18 october 2014, 14:43

 Canada has promised to double its financial contribution to the United Nations' fight against Ebola in West Africa, the country's health minister announced Friday, AFP reports.

Ottawa will increase its aid to Can$60 million (US$53 million), up from Can$30 million it had pledged last month, said Health Minister Rona Ambrose.

Ambrose said the pledge increase was in direct response to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for more robust assistance by the international community.

The Ebola virus has already killed more than 4,000 people, most in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Underfunded health systems in west Africa have been crippled by the disease, which has spiraled out of control and infected 7,400 people since the beginning of the year.

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