The trust fund has received pledges of about USD 20 million from various governments, but only USD 100,000 in actual cash deposits
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon appealed to the international community to provide the billion dollars that will enable UN and partners to 'get ahead of the curve' and meet the target of reducing the rate of transmission by 1st December.
The UN Chief told reporters on Thursday that the trust fund requires USD one billion for UN operation to tackle the epidemic and while countries have made pledges of 20 million dollars, "our bank account has only a hundred thousand dollars. This is a very serious problem," he said.
The USD 100,000 in actual cash deposits has come from only one country - Colombia.
"Ebola is a huge and urgent global problem that demands a huge and urgent global response. Dozens of countries are showing their solidarity. But we need to turn pledges into action. We need more doctors, nurses, equipment, treatment centres and medevac capacities," he said as he called on the
international community to step up its efforts to respond to the Ebola crisis.
He said pledges must be into action, while United Nations health agency warned of continuously deteriorating situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ban's call to action echoes the stark warning issued to the Security Council last week by head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Anthony Banbury, who said the world must move quickly to ensure that at least 70 percent of all people infected with Ebola are getting treatment by December 1, and that 70 percent of all burials occur without contamination by that date.
Failing to reach those targets would mean 'we fail entirely. With each passing day…the number of people infected grows exponentially,' Banbury said.
The latest figures from UN World Health Organization (WHO) indicate a total of 8,997 cases in seven countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and United States and 4,493 deaths. The disease has taken its toll on healthcare workers, with 427 infected and 236 dead.

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