Twelfth Shipment of Life-Saving Ebola Aid Arrives in Liberia



Direct Relief’s twelfth emergency shipment of life-saving medicines and supplies to Ebola-hit regions arrived today in Liberia, bound for health workers and patients at ELWA Hospital and Last Mile Health.

The shipment – valued at nearly $100,000 (wholesale) and weighing more than 13 tons – includes rehydration solutions, antibiotics and personal protective gear for use by medical staff treating Ebola.

According to John Ly, Medical Director at Last Mile Health, the oral rehydration solutions (ORS) from Ceralyte included in this donation are enough to provide 822 adults or 1,645 children each a week’s worth of ORS treatment.

The shipment also included birthing beds, gurneys, stools, walkers, IV stands, wheelchairs, exam lights, and prescription medications to treat ongoing and chronic conditions that persist amid the Ebola outbreak.

“Thanks again for all that you are doing and for all of the help that we have received from Direct Relief over the past year,” wrote Dr. John Fankhauser, Acting Hospital Administrator and Deputy Medical Director of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, in an email. “Our needs at the hospital are significant.”

This shipment was made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to AirLink to help establish an air bridge for Ebola response. Direct Relief and other response organizations coordinated a previous shipment of Ebola aid with AirLink, a disaster relief organization that helps its nonprofit partners connect with airlines for passenger and cargo transportation.

Today’s delivery follows last week’s shipment of 100 tons of medical aid to Liberia and Sierra Leone – the largest of U.S. origin since the outbreak began.

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