SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

UNICEF sends more supplies in Ebola fight

UNICEF sends more supplies to Ebola fight

UNICEF sent another shipment of supplies Friday to Ebola-affected territories in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“This is the most complex emergency to which we have ever had to respond, and it has required agility in the provision of products, supply chains and service delivery,” UNICEF director of global supply and logistics operations Shanelle Hall said.

This shipment brings the total of supplies sent by UNICEF to 3,000 metric tons. The children’s agency is one of the largest sources in these supplies.

“Supply chains have had to be flexible, and meet extremely high standards of quality,” Hall said. “UNICEF is working with governments, industry and partners to establish whole new supply chains so that we are able to deliver dozens of new products to new service delivery locations.”

The shipment included many epidemic supplies such as medicine and protective equipment. The supplies will add to the efforts to defeat the virus as well as treat patients and improve facilities.

Other UNICEF supplies include ambulances, chlorine bleach, soap, tents, beds, mattresses, disposable gloves and supplies for constructing Ebola community care centers.

Protective gear is crucial to health professionals fighting Ebola. The suits are intended to be used a single time for each case in order to prevent contamination. The average health worker uses and disposes of six to 9 personal protective suits each day.

UNICEF is meeting with the personal protective equipment industry to discuss adequately preparing for mass supplies of protective suits. More than 15 companies will attend, including the World Health Organization and Medecins Sans Frontieres. The meeting will involve representatives from around the world to discuss the global issue of Ebola.

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