The spiraling Ebola outbreak in Congo exceeded $88 million and the financial demands were continuing to grow.
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The World Health Organization spent nearly $192 million on travel expenses last year, with staffers sometimes breaking the agency's own rules by traveling in business class, booking expensive last-minute tickets and traveling without the required approvals, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. The nearly $192 million is down 4 percent from 2017, when the agency pledged to rein in travel abuses following an AP investigation.The agency said there was an overall reduction in the number of business class trips by 49 percent for nonemployees and a drop of 40 percent for WHO staffers.In one report provided to the AP, external WHO auditors analyzed 116 randomly selected travel claims that were flagged as "emergency" requests and therefore exempt from stricter U.N. travel controls.According to WHO's Office of Internal Oversight, 13 percent of the fraud cases it investigated last year involved alleged problems with travel claims. The WHO auditors' report comes at time of critical financial need for the agency.
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