On Thursday, President Obama delivered an impassioned speech to the United Nations, urging diplomats to roll out a faster and broader response to the Ebola crisis. The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, echoed these sentiments in The New York Times, saying current efforts from member states "are falling significantly short of the twentyfold surge that is required." Given the dire situation, what is the U.S. currently doing to contain the Ebola epidemic?
Broadly speaking, the U.S. is hoping to lead the effort to build up resources and disseminate information. The U.S. has deployed an estimated 3,000 troops to West Africa, including members of The Army Corps of Engineers. There are also plans to build 17 Ebola treatment centers, which would house about 1,700 beds. Altogether, the White House is reporting that the U.S. has spent $100 million in relief efforts. There is also a massive effort to train health workers in affected areas, up to 500 per week.
In addition to these efforts, other groups are acting quickly to help. This week, the World Bank announced that it would double its funding to $400 million. The UN has an emergency mission convoy, based in Accra, Ghana, set to deploy this weekend. Still, experts are saying that due to the relatively slow response to the epidemic, we can expect things to get worse before they get better.