Fund to fight Ebola has USD 100,000 in bank: UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a trust fund he launched to fight Ebola has only USD 100,000 in the bank.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014, 00:51 AM IST

United Nations: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a trust fund he launched to fight Ebola has only USD 100,000 in the bank.

Ban appealed urgently for contributions to the fund which is seeking USD 1 billion to tackle the disease.

Ban told reporters today that the U.N. Fund has received about USD 20 million and the rest was spent to combat the escalating Ebola crisis.

"Ebola is a huge and urgent global problem that demands a huge and urgent global response," he said.

"I appeal to the international community to provide the $1 billion launch that will enable us to get ahead of the curve and meet our target of reducing the rate of transmission by December 1," he said.

Ban said more doctors, nurses, equipment and treatment centers are also needed.