The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved of funding and debt relief worth about $187 million for Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.
The IMF said that it was immediately disbursing just over $85 million to the country under an existing credit facility and further enlarged the facility by about $73 million. In addition it also approved $29 million in debt relief for the country under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust.
The IMF said, "The funds will support the government in the battle against the deadly disease by helping to cover immediate budget and balance of payments shortfalls, and reinforcing the government's foreign reserves."
Sierra Leone is one of the three West African countries most severely hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed more than 9,500 people since the epidemic emerged in Guinea in December 2013. About 3,400 of the deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone.