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,
|SOURCE Direct Relief|
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