Direct Relief has completed this CGI commitment, and remains active in mobilizing and delivering aid to West Africa regions affected by the Ebola outbreak, as well as focusing on rebuilding and strengthening its health systems.
Direct Relief chartered two 747 planes to ensure that critically needed medicines and supplies arrived to partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Transportation into West Africa was severely limited as a result of the Ebola outbreak, and Direct Relief opted to charter private planes to make sure that resources arrived in the region in a timely and secure manner.
Since the Ebola outbreak began in March 2014, Direct Relief has delivered more than $25 million worth of medicine, medical supplies, and equipment to healthcare facilities throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as to doctors traveling from the U.S. to West Africa on medical mission trips.
Direct Relief also provided two 10-bed Ebola treatment units to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the Medical Research Centre in Sierra Leone. These units were used to treat local Sierra Leonean health workers infected with Ebola. These tents were purchased and shipped after Direct Relief received urgent requests from both the MOHS and the Junior Doctors Association of Sierra Leone.
In addition, Direct Relief provided 67 midwife kits to the Medical Research Centre (MRC) in Sierra Leone. These kits, to be distributed to graduates of the Makeni School of Midwifery, contain enough supplies and consumables for each trained midwife to deliver 25 healthy babies.
Furthermore, more than 40 different items were added to facility kits and sent to 100 hospitals and centers throughout Liberia and Sierra Leone. Direct Relief sourced these kits to help reopen and restock the healthcare system in both countries.
Other delivered supplies included solar suitcases to partners in Sierra Leone. These suitcases provided lighting, power for head lamps, cells phones, and medical appliances.
In all, Direct Relief oversaw 40 emergency shipments into West Africa and over 10 hand carry deliveries. These deliveries contained personal protective gear (e.g., gloves, gowns, suits, masks), medicine, general health inventory items, and other requested resources.