$6 Million Meant to Fight Ebola Lost to Fraud: Red Cross

At least $6 million meant to fight the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was lost to fraud, the Red Cross says.

An internal investigation said at least $2.13 million vanished due to "likely collusion" between Red Cross staff and employees at a bank in Sierra Leone, the Associated Press reported.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which handled more than $124 million during the epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, said it was "outraged" by the fraud.

"We are pursuing every possible avenue to reclaim all funds that have been misappropriated, diverted, or otherwise illegally taken. This includes working with authorities in affected countries and elsewhere as appropriate," said Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, the IFRC under secretary general for partnerships, the AP reported.

The IFRC also said it was boosting efforts to combat corruption.

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