- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control in West Africa, numerous countries and agencies have pitched in to help.

Among the donations and promises of help:

- President Barack Obama has requested $1 billion for Ebola, including the use of leftover Afghanistan war money. Top lawmakers approved $750 million after Pentagon officials said it would be enough for a six-month mission. The Pentagon has authorized sending up to 3,900 troops to set up Ebola clinics and train local staff.

- The European Commission has pledged $228 million; Australia is donating $16 million.

- The German military has started flying in supplies including protective suits; the military is expected to build a clinic for 50 patients in Liberia.

- Britain’s ministry of defense says it will send more than 750 troops to help build treatment centers and a training center in Sierra Leone. Britain is also providing three military helicopters

- A team of 165 health workers from Cuba arrived in Sierra Leone in early October to help run Ebola clinics and several hundred more are expected in Liberia and Guinea soon.

-China is sending a 59-member lab team to Sierra Leone to join other Chinese health workers already working in the region.

- The International Monetary Fund approved $130 million in emergency aid to the three hardest-hit countries.

- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it would contribute $50 million to the emergency response, the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian crisis.

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