Direct Relief

Ebola Response: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Grants $1 Million to Direct Relief

Direct Relief-charter with 100 tons of emergency supplies for West Africa (Sept 2014)

Last month, Philanthropist Paul G. Allen announced he is increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. Today, Mr. Allen announced a $1 million grant to Direct Relief to scale up the organization’s relief efforts in Ebola-affected West African nations.

The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected. The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants will enable the people of West Africa to quickly receive essential care and supplies they need to get through this crisis. – Paul G. Allen

With Mr. Allen’s support, Direct Relief will focus on the following near-term priorities to meet the urgent needs of frontline health providers:

This support from Mr. Allen is essential to Direct Relief’s collaborative efforts to meet the vastly expanded, urgent need for critical supplies necessary to contain, treat those sickened by the virus, and address the outbreak’s shattering ripple effects on the broader health system. – Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief.

To date, Direct Relief has sent 140 tons of medical materials valued at $6.98 million (wholesale) via airlifts and ocean freight containers.

Mr. Allen’s Contributions to Date:

From the early days of the outbreak, Mr. Allen and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have focused on finding, funding and coordinating strategic solutions that address the most critical needs and can be deployed quickly. To date, Mr. Allen has committed funding towards implementing the following solutions: