The Chinese government has donated the sum of $6 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) emergency operation, currently assisting the 1.3 million people affected by the Ebola virus in three heavily affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone.
According to a report on the official WFP websit, the contribution which was termed timely and substantial will be shared equally among the countries and will help in purchasing important food supplies to prevent malnutrition.
WFP’s regional director for West Africa, Denise Brown said: “WFP is very grateful for this contribution from the Government of China to help feed the families affected by the Ebola virus. As the number of cases are growing fast, WFP is scaling up its operation and one of the biggest challenges is to ensure that we have sufficient funds to help people.”
“We and the people of West Africa are especially thankful for this contribution from the People’s Republic of China at this very difficult time when we need to reverse Ebola’s advance,” she added.
The outbreak of the virus has affected food supply in the countries as farmers are deserting farms and livestock as the spread and threat of the virus spreads, leading to travel restrictions and food shortages.