Navigation Links
22 Companies Commit Medical Resources to Fight Ebola

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Ebola marches through West Africa, inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment and medical resources expose doctors, nurses, and their patients to significant risk. In response, more than 20 leading medical companies are stepping up with critically needed items to facilitate a series of emergency shipments with logistical support from FedEx.

"The unprecedented scale of the outbreak has over-stretched local and even international public health institutions, so the mobilization of private resources, including from companies who make essential products or just want to help, can play a defining role in the collective effort to stem the outbreak," said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. "We are deeply thankful so many are stepping up to help in so many ways."

The life-saving supplies – which amount to 40 tons and total 2.3 million gloves, 65,000 masks, 92,000 gowns, and 185,000 tabs of antibiotics – include products from 3M, Actavis Pharma, Inc., Ansell Healthcare, Basic Medical, Baxter International, Inc., BD, Cera Products, Inc., Covidien, Henry Schein, Inc., Kimberly-Clark, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Merck & Co., Inc., Mylan Laboratories, Inc., Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Omron Healthcare, Inc., Pfizer, Prestige Brands, Pro2 Solutions, Inc., Sappo Hill, and Teva.

"Ansell has a long-standing relationship with Direct Relief, and we are delighted they have been able to utilize our medical and industrial products for so many critical initiatives around the world," said Tony Lopez, president of medical solutions at Ansell Healthcare. "As a global leader in protection solutions, Ansell is in a unique position to manufacture products on which consumers, workers, and healthcare professionals rely and that directly impact the lives of millions of people worldwide." 

Direct Relief – with financial support from Abbott Fund, AbbVie Foundation, Baxter International, BD, Covidien, Sappo Hill, and Pfizer – has already shipped more than 445,000 gloves, 20,000 gowns, 23,500 masks, 185,000 tabs of antibiotics, and 2,000 bars of soap to local clinics in Liberia and Sierra Leone – countries that comprise more than 70 percent of Ebola cases in the region.

"The Direct Relief shipment is absolutely critical, as we are almost out of our existing stock of gloves and gowns," said Raphael Frankfurter, executive director of the Wellbody Alliance – the only health facility in Sierra Leone's Kono district that provides comprehensive clinical and community-based care on an ongoing basis.

While hopeful the right resources and strategy can end the outbreak, medical staff in Liberia face similar challenges.

"There is a critical shortage of supplies and health workers are threatening to strike if materials are not available," said John Ly, Medical Director for Liberia-based Last Mile Health.

"The Ebola epidemic is deadly – but we can stop it," said Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health. "We must identify the sick rapidly. Treat them. Educate the public to prevent the disease from being spread to others.  And that is exactly what Last Mile Health and our partners are doing."

In addition to local health facilities such as Wellbody Alliance and Last Mile Health, Direct Relief is coordinating with the World Health Organization Emergency Operations Center, Liberian National Taskforce on Ebola, Center for Disease Control, and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  

For more information on the Ebola response and how to help, follow this link.​ 

About Direct Relief
The only U.S. nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) © certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Direct Relief is among the largest medical suppliers to nonprofit hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S. and the world. A winner of the CECP Director's Award, the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation, and the 2013 ESRI President's Award for GIS mapping, Direct Relief maintains a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. For more information visit,

Tony Morain

Photo -  

SOURCE Direct Relief
Copyright©2014 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. LABS, Inc. Among Colorados Top Private Companies
2. Animal Biotechnology - Technologies, Markets and Companies
3. Gene Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies
4. Biomarkers - Technologies, Markets and Companies
5. Hadasit Bio-Holdings Ltd. Reports Significant External Financing for Portfolio Companies
6. At-the-Market Offerings (ATM) of Life Sciences Companies Perform Well in Weak Follow-on Financing Environment of Third Quarter
7. Chandler Chicco Companies Acquires Haas & Health Partner Public Relations and SanCom Creative Communication Solutions, Creating Unrivalled Healthcare Communication Capability in Germany
8. Cytogenetics - Technologies, Markets and Companies
9. Cell Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies
10. RiverVest Venture Partners Sells Four Successful Life Science Companies for More than $1 Billion
11. New Competitive Arena Emerges for Pharmaceutical Companies in Healthcares Changing Payment Landscape, Finds PwC Health Research Institute Study
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... PARK, N.J. and SAN DIEGO ... (BASF) and Mast Therapeutics, Inc. have agreed to collaborate ...  Currently, excipient-grade poloxamer 188 NF, marketed by BASF under ... used in a variety of pharmaceutical and biological applications, ... Poloxamer 188 is the starting material for Mast,s lead ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015  Generex Biotechnology Corporation ( ... a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with MediTemp Ltd. (MediTemp) ... a proprietary cooling technology designed to improve sperm quality in ... United States and three million men in ... 44 diagnosed as infertile.  For 42% of those men, the ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... , ... Proove Biosciences, a commercial and research leader ... Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) Pain Center to ... Research Clinical Objectives Linking Genotypic and Phenotypic Association with Pain Outcomes) is one ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... Spirax Sarco, the leader in products ... CSM-C 600 compact clean steam generator . This unit is a skid ... of HTM2031, HTM2010, and EN285 standards. The CMS-C 600 generator can produce up ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:10/1/2015)... Oct. 1, 2015  Biometrics includes diverse set ... body characteristics, such as fingerprints, eye retinas, facial ... of biometrics technology has been constantly increasing in ... five years. In addition to the most prominent ... recognition, other means of biometric authentication are rapidly ...
(Date:9/29/2015)... , Sept. 29, 2015 News ... productivity while also saving energy , Minimized design ... Low Power Active Mode and embedded Fujitsu PalmSecure authentication ... Fujitsu today shows that good things come ... refreshed models to its enterprise desktop and mobile portfolio. ...
(Date:9/28/2015)... , September 28, 2015 ... expected to reach USD 12.03 billion by 2020, growing ... Technological advancements such as Backside Illumination (BSI) technique to ... over the forecast period.      (Logo: ... of the chip to reduce loss and, thus, reduce ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):