Ebola Shuts 6m Children Out of School


Aside the more than 8000 infections and
nearly 4000 deaths due to the Ebola
epidemic, the outbreak of the deadly virus
has been devastating to the means of
livelihood particularly in the worse-hit
countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone. World Bank’s president Jim Yong Kim
said at least 6 million children are unable to
go to school, and thousands have been
orphaned. Many businesses have shut down
their operations; farmers are unable to
harvest their crops. Airline flights are being
cancelled; trade has diminished.
In his opening remarks at the High-Level
Meeting on the Impact of the Ebola Crisis: A
Perspective from the Countries in Washington
on Thursday Kim said “The Ebola crisis has
already had a profound impact on the
millions of people in Guinea, Liberia, and
Sierra Leone. People are going hungry and
are unable to go to work.
Growth projections for 2014 in the three
most-affected countries have already been
cut significantly. The World Bank Group
released an economic impact assessment
yesterday stating that if the epidemic is not
quickly contained and was to significantly
infect people in neighboring countries, some
of which have much larger economies, the
two-year regional financial impact could
reach $32.6 billion dollars by the end of
“This is a potentially catastrophic impact.
Over the past week, we have had a patient
die of Ebola here in America, and now at
least one infected nurse in Spain. We are
likely to see more cases, in more countries.
Over the past month, we’ve seen a stepped
up global response, with support from a
number of countries and organizations at
this table.
“But it’s clear that we are still way behind
the curve, and that we have to quickly speed
up, and scale up, the global response to this
crisis. One issue I’d like to raise briefly is the
critical need for more trained health workers
in the countries. The World Health
Organization has just estimated that Liberia
alone needs an additional 360 foreign
medical staff today to treat those infected.
We now must reach out to countries around
the world to urgently send health workers to
the three countries.