One day after the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced they would give $50 million to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said it’s time to tackle Ebola and offered a monetary contribution.
“The tragedy of Ebola is that we know how to tackle the disease, but the governments in West Africa are in dire need of more resources and solutions to treat and contain the virus. Without the help of our global community, the risk of Ebola spreading across Africa and beyond increases dramatically, Allen said yesterday.
“The developed world needs to step up now with resources and solutions to stop the spread of this outbreak.
“As such, today I am announcing that the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has made a $9 million contribution to the CDC Foundation. This funding will be put to work immediately by the CDC to establish emergency operations centers in the most-impacted countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These centers will help to better establish and fortify a systematic response through data management and communication systems for disease and patient contact tracing, to detect and stop the disease from spreading.”
As of Sept. 6, there has been 4269 (probable, confirmed and suspected) cases and 2288 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In addition to monetary contributions, Allen says other thing are needed, “We need creative and practical solutions for the logistical, healthcare worker safety and in-country education challenges aid organizations are facing.” For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
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