On the final day of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Direct Relief and several of its close partners were recognized by Bill and Chelsea Clinton for their commitment to stopping Ebola. Watch the first part of the video to learn more about the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how your support of the fight against Ebola enables life-saving action.
The three commitments to action in response to the Ebola crisis include the following:
- Airlift of 100 Tons of Medical Aid Commitment by: Direct Relief Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance – Sierra Leone; Medical Research Centre – Sierra Leone; CDC – Sierra Leone; Last Mile Health – Liberia; Christian Aid Ministries – Liberia; CDC – Liberia; Africare – Liberia; Ministry of Health/National Drug Services – Liberia; Merck; Becton, Dickinson and Company. In response to the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, Direct Relief committed to sending more than 100 tons of urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and medicines to its partners on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Partners on the ground will team up with the respective Ministries of Health to deploy an effective distribution channel to get supplies to clinics, health facilities, and hospitals in regions heavily affected by the outbreak. In addition, more supplies will be secured in other locations as precautionary and emergency preparedness measures.
- Strengthening Rural Health Commitment by: Partners in Health and Last Mile Health Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance; Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Last Mile Health (Liberia) and Wellbody Alliance (Sierra Leone) have launched a coalition to scale-up rural Ebola response efforts and rebuild primary health systems in two of the most-affected countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Coalition builds on over 40 years of collective experience (including 15 combined years in Liberia and Sierra Leone) in strengthening public health systems in partnership with Ministries of Health; and integrating research, teaching, and service to deliver high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poor.
- Air Bridge Support Commitment by: Airlink Partner(s): Paul G. Allen Foundation; Greenbaum Foundation; ChildFund International; AmeriCares; Direct Relief; AFYA Foundation; LIFT; ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network); Brussels Airlines; Western Global Airlines.
In 2014, Airlink committed to transporting between 100 and 500 tons of material aid cargo by air to Western Africa by year-end 2014 with the help of its partners. The actual amount that Airlink will ship will depend on the length of time that an air bridge is called for in Western Africa before slower forms of transportation become sufficient to serve the requirement for material aid.
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