The United Nations secretary-general is welcoming the cash and promises from countries in response to last week’s news that a U.N. trust fund for Ebola had only $100,000 in the bank.
A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday thanks Australia, which has deposited $8.7 million. It also thanks Colombia, which gave the original $100,000, and Venezuela for its signed commitment of $5 million.
The fund was created as a flexible way to address immediate unfunded needs in the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people, most of them in West Africa.
The trust fund is part of a nearly $1 billion U.N. appeal for humanitarian needs in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Tuesday’s statement says Ebola “demands a massive and immediate global response.”