SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

CDC receives grant to help combat Ebola in West Africa

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation recently received a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation towards efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

"The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented and unfortunately it's likely to get worse before it gets better," CDC Director Tom Frieden said. "However, with support from the CDC Foundation's Global Disaster Response Fund, staff on the ground will be in a better position to try to stop and prevent further spread of this devastating disease."

According to the CDC, more than 2,600 cases of Ebola and 1,400 deaths as a result of the virus have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The CDC has deployed dozens of public health experts to the area and plans to send additional personnel to expand the response to the disease.

"The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa represents a global public health crisis," Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said. "We are privileged to assist CDC in its heroic efforts to contain this outbreak, and we are confident of their ability to control this scourge-provided they have the support required to do the job. Additional resources are urgently needed, and we encourage other funders to respond as well."

The CDC Foundation said staff working in-country require additional equipment, including personal protective gear, thermal scanners, infection control training, laptop computers and isolation beds.

"We thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its generous contribution to our Global Disaster Response Fund," CDC Foundation President and CEO Charles Stokes said. "We hope other donors follow their lead and provide much needed support for the West African Ebola outbreak response."