The fund opened on 4 October and is designed for low value interventions which:
- increase Ebola treatment or isolation unit beds through quick and small scale interventions across the country
- decrease the need for beds e.g. through reducing convalescent times, more efficient laboratory testing and improve the efficiency of the Ebola response system
What the fund will achieve
In response to the ongoing Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, DFID have established a £5m Ebola Emergency Ebola Response Fund (DEERF). The fund will provide support until 31 August 2015. In particular, it will seek to fill urgent gaps in the response whilst additional Ebola treatment capacity comes on line. The Fund is designed to low value interventions which donors would otherwise find difficult to support.