The International Monetary Fund groups 188 countries; its aim is to secure financial stability.
One of the organization's stated objectives is making financial resources available to member countries to meet balance of payments needs. The IMF therefor plays an important role in solving the crises of countries threatened by bancruptcy. Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C., United States.
Closed borders and empty marketplaces -- fear of the Ebola virus has deflated the economies affected. The IMF is expecting a slump in growth rates in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with food supplies possibly becoming critical. The delicate advances made in various African economies in recent years now appears in jeopardy.