International community gathers at Ebola conference

Key figures from the international community will gather in London to discuss how to stop the Ebola crisis ravaging west Africa.

Participating countries will meet to discuss what can be done to slow the worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has so far claimed more than 3,000 lives, according to the World Health Organisation.

Sierra Leone and the UK are expected to urge officials to contribute extra funding for extra hospital beds and staff.

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MSF: Ebola fight 'will take six months'

It will take "about six months" to get the upper hand on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of health organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres has said.

Joanne Liu, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres. Credit: RTV

Joanne Liu told a news briefing in Geneva after a 10-day trip to the region: "If we don't stabilise Liberia, we will never stabilise the region.

"Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic. This is my gut feeling," she said.

Liu added that the World Health Organisation "needs to take leadership" of the situation and said more experts were needed on the ground.

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