by Manuel Stagars, CFA, CAIA, ERP
For a while, the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa accounted for headlines on a daily basis. By December 2014, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone reported 13,676 cases. This was the largest outbreak of the disease, and the WHO declared the crisis an “international public health emergency.”
In response, many unaffected countries began to screen international travelers. As soon as health workers were quarantined in the United States with Ebola symptoms, a new urgency entered the discussion. International donors and organizations took note: total funding for the Ebola crisis hoeverd around $1.4 billion in December 2014, according to collated figures of the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Bank.
However, one actor was sorely missed in this discussion: the global impact investment community. This article zooms in on current initiatives in the fight against Ebola by global organizations and private donors and then addresses how impact investment could complement them.
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