UK charities launch Ebola aid appeal

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A group of British charities has launched an appeal to raise funds to contain the deadly spread of Ebola which has killed almost 5,000 people in West Africa. 

“The explosive spread of Ebola in West Africa is not just killing the infected but also ripping apart health services, devastating communities, and destroying people’s ability to support themselves,” Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said in a statement.

The DEC is a group of 13 of the biggest charities in the United Kingdom, including Oxfam and the British Red Cross.

The DEC said its appeal, which will be aired on all major UK broadcasters starting from Thursday, reflected the fact that Ebola has become a humanitarian catastrophe.

“This has compelled the DEC to respond and help by ensuring that we are able to support people to stop the spread of Ebola before it becomes a major global catastrophe,” DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed said.

Out of the 13 charities, 11 are already working on addressing the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa where the disease has killed 5,000 people and affected 10,000 since the start of this year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) gave an alarming announcement saying that there could be 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of the deadly virus every week by December in the worst affected countries.

Infection rates in three West African nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has been on the rise.

Many countries around the globe are mobilising thousands of personnel and pouring billions of dollars in a bid to control the Ebola outbreak. Western nations have been facing a growing backlash at what has been seen as a slow response to the crisis.