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UK conference over Ebola outbreak
02 Oct 2014 10:10
People in Sierra Leone are being infected with Ebola at the rate of five every hour, according to the charity Save the Children.
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It said 765 new cases were reported last week but there were only 327 hospital beds available and the rate of infection means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply.
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The charity said that as soon as the authorities get on top of the virus in one area, it emerges in another.
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Country director in Sierra Leone Rob MacGillivray said it is very difficult to give accurate figures on the number of children who are dying from Ebola as monitoring systems are unable to keep pace with the outbreak.
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So far, more than 3,300 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.
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There have been 7,178 confirmed cases, with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea suffering the most.
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An international conference is being held in London today to raise awareness about Ebola.
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Participating countries will discuss how the global community can provide an effective response to the crisis in West Africa.
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They are expected to announce pledges to support the international effort to defeat the disease.
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Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called for countries to increase financial aid, as well as other vital help, including medical expertise, transport and supplies.
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"We need help from the international community to provide us with the doctors and nurses, so we're asking other countries to piggy back on the structure we've put in place," he said.
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