Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls for Recovery Marshall Plan

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.

More than 8,500 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Oxfam GB chief executive Mark Goldring said: “The world cannot walk away now that, thankfully, cases of this deadly disease are dropping.”

The charity said investment from wealthy countries was crucial.

The Marshall Plan was the post-World War II project for European recovery.

It was officially known as the European Recovery Programme and launched in the name of the then American Secretary of State, George Marshall, in 1947.

Oxfam wants an international pledge to agree recovery plans, with financial support given by wealthy countries.

’Double disaster’

It said financial help was needed for three areas – providing cash to families affected by Ebola, investing in jobs and also supporting services like health, education and sanitation.

Source: BBC (link opens in a new window)

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