The UK will provide 2.2 million pounds ($2.5 million) to support Uganda’s response to an outbreak of Ebola in the East African country.
Of that amount, 400,000 pounds will go to the World Health Organization and 900,000 pounds each to the United Nations Children’s Fund, known as Unicef, and the World Food Programme, the British High Commission in Kampala said, as reported by Bloomberg.
The UK government has, in addition, provided an expert on case management to support the WHO in the East African Country.
The Sudan virus, one of the pathogens known to cause the Ebola virus disease, was detected in Uganda on Sept. 20. As of Oct. 12, the government reported 54 cases and 19 deaths in five districts in the country’s central and western regions.
Two vaccines are being developed to treat the Ebola-Sudan strain in Uganda; the WHO said earlier this week. Shots that helped curb a recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo are ineffective against the strain.