GENEVA, July 31 The World Health Organisation is
launching a $100 million response plan to combat an
"unprecendented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has
killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the
agency said on Thursday.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will meet in Conakry,
Guinea on Friday with the presidents of affected West African
nations, the United Nations health agency said in a statement.
"The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat
it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to
take the response to a new level and this will require increased
resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness
and coordination," said Chan. Clinical doctors and nurses,
epidemiologists, and logisticians are urgently needed, she said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark Heinrich)