Ebola is a humanitarian crisis first and foremost - but it is also a mounting economic disaster for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The World Bank estimates the cost of the epidemic to be $3-4bn by the end of 2015, many times more than the amount donated for the response so far. The economic impact is measurable in terms of reduced production, diminished trade, disrupted agriculture, higher fiscal deficits and rising prices. Household incomes are dropping due to the reduction in the labour market, the loss of harvests, disruption of markets, and laying off of workers. In Liberia, nearly half of those working when the outbreak was first detected in March 2014 no longer had jobs by early November.
This briefing shows how important the private sector is to both the response to Ebola and the recovery. It urges
It is one of a series of Oxfam briefings on the Ebola crisis and response.
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