Ebola is spreading quickly across West Africa – the disease is now present in four West African countries and has taken at least 932 lives. The CDC has characterized it as the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has donated $2.8 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which will be put to work immediately in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. These funds will:
Provide necessary equipment – including personal protection kits and disinfecting supplies
Train thousands of volunteers in prevention, management and education techniques
Produce educational materials, including radio spots for broadcast in at-risk areas
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Vulcan Inc. have previously provided funding for Ebola vaccine research. As with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and our other projects, we seek to advance discovery and fuel ideas that drive positive change.
This outbreak can be stopped if there is a greater understanding of the causes and prevention both on the ground and across the globe.