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Doctors Without Borders Chief: US Ebola Aid 'Insufficient'

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 06:21 PM

The U.S. military needs to do more to help combat the Ebola virus in West Africa than "transport cement," says the head of Doctors Without Borders.

The effort by American troops in the Ebola stricken countries has been "insufficient" as too much of the response has been left to nongovernmental organizations to bear, the organization's executive director Sophie Delaunay told The Hill.

"We did very much welcome the military in this environment, but from the very beginning, we were critical of the fact that the job of the military would only be building the centers and leaving NGOs to actually run them," Delaunay explained.

"It's not enough to just provide or to just build the centers," she said, saying that personnel are also needed to staff the facilities and to transport supplies.

President Barack Obama announced in September that he would deploy troops to West Africa. He also asked Congress for $88 million to help the Ebola stricken countries combat the deadly virus.

However, according to the Doctors Without Borders head, that money is just now starting to arrive, but the needs on the ground have changed. The money was initially intended for Liberia, but the spread of the virus there has slowed, while it has spiked in Sierra Leone.

"Now that [the funding] is being implemented on the ground, due to the evolving nature of the outbreak, the needs have changed," Delaunay said.

There are currently almost 3,000 U.S. troops working in West Africa in the effort against the Ebola virus, according to the National Security Council, which is 1,000 fewer than initially proposed by the Defense Department.

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