Direct Relief sent its 19th emergency shipment of Ebola supplies today to the Ministry of Health in Guinea (photos and videos found here). Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds, the shipment contains laboratory testing equipment from BD (blood collection sets), face masks, and medical gloves. In total, Direct Relief has delivered 140 tons of medical aid to Ebola-hit regions since the outbreak erupted in spring. 47 companies have contributed to these efforts through in-kind or financial contributions.
More broadly, Direct Relief is continuing to receive urgent requests from local health facilities in West Africa for essential medicines to treat non–Ebola (and treatable) illnesses that may be causing more deaths than Ebola itself.
Recognizing the most effective way to limit Ebola in the U.S. — and anywhere else in the world — is to direct resources to the heart of the outbreak, Direct Relief is also engaging with U.S. safety net clinics to determine their inventory levels and potential need for personal protective gear.