The overall purpose of this interim report is to update on progress of the UN Ebola Response MPTF since its inception in September 2014. The report will provide a summary of early achievements, describe how the UN Ebola Response MPTF is structured and governed, and give an accurate and current financial analysis, detailing Fund disbursements to date. It will present the benefits that this flexible and rapid finance mechanism has extended to the Ebola response. It will discuss the specific needs and gaps funded projects are meeting.
The report will describe how the Ebola Response MPTF, which has attracted contributions from 38 Member States, one business and many individuals, has offered a transparent and strategic tool to support the Ebola response. As of 31 January 2015, the Fund had total pledges amounting to US$142 million, out of which US$132 million have been deposited.
Between 1 November 2014 and 6 February 2015, the Fund disbursed over US$118 million to close critical unfunded gaps in the three most Ebola-affected countries.
Projects have addressed an array of critical needs that have supported many of the strategic objectives and priority areas in the UN system response strategy. Funded projects have ranged from a large disbursement, of US$40 million to fund logistics operations under the World Food Programme (WFP), which supported UNMEER operations, to smaller endeavors focused on, inter alia, protection for children, detention centers, Rapid Response Stabilization Teams (RRSTs) and capacitybuilding in Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Response Center (NERC).