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Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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Ebola survivors being trained to care for isolation kids

The United Nations has begun training Ebola survivors to help respond to the outbreak in West Africa, because their ordeal means they are immune to the disease.

Twenty Ebola survivors have been trained to work in new centres in Liberia and another 30 are set to follow them, with the main aim to support young children being kept in isolation for 21 days after having contact with infected people, often their family members.

The Ebola outbreak has left an estimated 3,700 orphans across West Africa. Credit: Christopher Black/WHO/Reuters

Ms Crowe said survivors can offer the love and attention a small child needs after Ebola has turned large parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into a no-touch culture.

While survivors will still largely follow a 'no-touch' protocol for older children, they will be able to touch and hold infants who need more personal attention and care.

– Unicef's crisis communications chief Sarah Crowe

At least one UN centre is expected to open within a month in each of Liberia's five most affected counties after the first centre was established on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Monrovia.

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