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Against the backdrop of thousands of deaths as Ebola continues its rampage in West Africa, some of the continent’s leading businessmen have established a crisis fund to help the countries worst hit by the deadly virus.

At a pledge meeting held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, the business executives raised US$28.5 million to deploy at least 1,000 health workers to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

According to the chairman of telecommunications giant Econet Wireless, several companies had pledged money to the emergency fund, which will be managed by the African Development Bank.

At the end of the meeting, African Union Chairman said the resources mobilised would be part of a longer term programme to deal with such outbreaks in the future.
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