At United Nations conference, $3.4 billion pledged to fight Ebola virus

UNITED NATIONS — World leaders Friday pledged $3.4 billion to fight Ebola, a viral disease that ravaged the populations of three African countries last year, then subsided after an unprecedented international effort — but resurfaced in recent weeks with alarming vigor.

"The strategy to end the outbreak is working — but the final stretch of the response remains particularly challenging," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, host of the International Ebola Recovery Conference. "Cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been reduced considerably. The response is being fine-tuned to focus on increasing engagement, awareness and contact-tracing in the remaining affected communities."

Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program, announced that donors had pledged more than the $3.2 billion sought to help buttress devastated health delivery and social services institutions in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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