As of November 30, the Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 6,000 lives in West Africa, and more than 17,000 cases have been recorded. CGI members continue to respond to the outbreak – sending medical equipment and supplies, building treatment centers, training healthcare workers, and assisting in education and awareness efforts.
Building off the Commitments to Action and Call to Action made at the 2014 Annual Meeting, members have convened in the last month to share updates and priorities in their ongoing efforts. Moving forward, conversations will shift to focus on long-term investments to strengthen health systems in the affected regions.
Below, learn more about how CGI members are responding to the Ebola crisis – beginning with ways that you can get involved:
- Airlink developed a 2014 commitment to establish an Air Bridge from the US and Europe directly into West Africa. “Four flights have now delivered nearly 400 tons of cargo and seven health workers to the region.” How you can help.
- AmeriCares is working with the International Organization for Migration to operate three Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia, recruiting physicians and nurses, managing the supply chain, leading operations at one unit, and community-based prevention efforts. Additionally, the organiztion is relieving shortages of medicines and supplies across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. How you can help.
- In addition to working with partners on the ground to map containment strategies in Liberia and coordinating deliveries of more emergency supplies, including personal protective equipment for health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea,
- Barefoot College currently has more than 70 trained rural semi-literate and illiterate women working as Barefoot Solar Engineers in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Barefoot College has launched an initiative together with UN Women across both countries to distribute, install, and maintain household solar electrification and mini solar plants available for diagnostic clinics and maternal health centers. How you can help.
- BRAC's Ebola response includes distributing prevention and treatment information, providing psychosocial and emotional support, distributing essential supplies, and equipping its existing network of 6,000 community leaders to provide Ebola-related messaging, sensitization, and case identification assistance, including contact tracing. Additional activities include support for Community Care Centers, children and youth support services, and livelihood development. How you can help.
- ChildFund International is working with local partners in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone “to help children and families protect themselves from the disease and pick up the pieces when Ebola disrupts their lives.” How you can help.
- Direct Relief’s ongoing response, including a 2014 commitment, comprises a series of emergency airlifts of medical resources. To date, it "has sent 23 emergency shipments valued at $11.4 million to more than 1,000 hospitals and clinics" in West Africa. How you can help.
- Fondation Mérieux “is rolling out an action plan to fight the Ebola epidemic by strengthening West African healthcare systems through its network of biomedical analysis laboratories.” How you can help.
- International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Teams “are on the ground taking a dual approach in Liberia and Sierra Leone and providing both treatment and training. Teams are treating patients and operating Ebola treatment centers that will provide access to treatment to 1.5 million people." IMC is also "urgently scaling training programs to equip frontline healthcare workers with the skills to stop this outbreak at the source." How you can help.
- "Since mid-July, Internews, in cooperation with three radio partners, has been producing a weekly magazine on humanitarian issues, with most of the coverage about Ebola." How you can help.
- As part of its 2014 commitment, Last Mile Health is deploying a comprehensive health system for approximately 110,000 rural Liberians and working with the Liberian government to sustain that system and expand it to the rest of the country over the coming years. How you can help.
- In response to the Ebola outbreak, Management Sciences for Health is applying its over 40 years of expertise in fragile nations to help restore essential health services, rebuild and strengthen health systems, and prevent future epidemics. How you can help.
- Mercy Corps is implementing a country wide public health awareness campaign in Liberia to halt the spread of Ebola and reorienting agricultural and youth employment programs to address the crisis. How you can help.
- ONE released a powerful PSA (below), directing viewers to a petition asking world leaders to make and deliver bold commitments to help end the Ebola epidemic. Alongside the video, ONE launched an interactive Ebola Response Tracker, which identifies what top governments and private sector actors have promised and what they have delivered in terms of financing, health care personnel, and in-kind contributions. How you can help.
- OpenIDEO, USAID, and partners launched "Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development"—an open innovation platform that uses crowdsourcing to develop new strategies for improving delivery of care, stemming the spread of disease, and enhancing Personal Protective Equipment. How you can help.
- As part of its 2014 commitment, Partners In Health is “leading a coalition to combat the outbreak, working alongside two outstanding grassroots organizations—Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone. These longtime PIH partners are already working to train health workers, identify sick patients, and deliver quality care. As the epidemic advances, these groups need support to provide comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment." How you can help.
- Project Concern International (PCI) is "responding to the crisis by equipping communities and health professionals with the knowledge, infrastructure, and supplies necessary to prevent the spread of Ebola. Specifically, PCI is actively providing critical help by expanding community education campaigns; training health care providers; constructing infrastructure for the isolation of suspected cases; and providing personal protective equipment and sanitation necessities to minimize the spread of the virus." How you can help.
- Save the Children “is implementing an integrated response strategy that focuses not only on slowing the rate of Ebola transmission and providing care for Ebola patients, but also addresses children’s health, protection, education, and nutrition.” How you can help.
- The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative is supporting the governments of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in coordination and management. It is "also supporting the Governments to undertake analysis on the longer term implications of the crisis, for once the disease is under control will come the task of rebuilding their economies and health systems." How you can help.
- WakaWaka has sent 10,000 solar lights to Liberia and Sierra Leone "to be included in Ebola prevention kits containing essential supplies to help courageous health workers fighting the spread of the virus. The kits are being distributed among medical staff and rural health clinics throughout both countries." How you can help.
- Women's Campaign International is “developing a grassroots advocacy campaign for the illiterate, rural communities affected by the virus, in order to provide the necessary information to stop the spread of the disease.” How you can help.
- World Food Programme (WFP) is “supporting the medical response to the Ebola emergency by providing food to families and communities affected by the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organizations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas.” How you can help.
CGI members are also contributing to the response efforts in the following ways:
- Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund are providing funding and product donations including handheld diagnostic systems, medicines and medical products to hospitals and nonprofit partners providing care and treatment on the ground in West Africa. Abbott’s diagnostics business is also working closely with hospitals and organizations globally to support Ebola preparedness efforts.
- The Autodesk Foundation is offering its employees a 2:1 match for all donations to Partners in Health, Doctors without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee. It is also making a $10,000 contribution to Partners in Health.
- DripDrop Foundation is donating doses of DripDrop ORS to ChildFund International, mentioned above.
- As part of its 2014 commitment, Econet Wireless and its subsidiary company, Solarway, provided $100,000 worth of solar power lanterns to support relief teams working to treat, contain, and prevent the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.
- The GE Foundation has donated $2 million to strengthen the fight against Ebola through a coalition led by Partners in Health and Last Mile Health. The Coalition will train health workers and establish two treatment centers, in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several GE businesses, including GE Healthcare and GE Water, are working with governments and relief agencies to determine where GE expertise, products, and services could play a role in strengthening healthcare infrastructure in West Africa.
- The Greenbaum Foundation has contributed in excess of $400,000 towards Ebola efforts thus far, including providing funding for a clinical trial using Convalescent Plasma to treat victims, an ambulance for the West Point Community, support for a survivors’ network, and several efforts providing relief supplies, education and awareness. The Foundation also launched the website, ActNowAgainstEbola.org, to promote NGOs doing effective and efficient work on the issue.
- The IKEA Foundation has given €5 million—its largest single emergency donation ever—to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to fight the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history. Save the Children is also receiving €100,000 to train more healthcare staff in Liberia and to support children whose parents are in clinical isolation.
- Merck has entered into a licensing and collaboration agreement with NewLink Genetics Corporation to research, develop, manufacture, and distribute the investigational rVSV-EBOV (Ebola) vaccine candidate, currently being evaluated in Phase I clinical trials. Pending the results of ongoing Phase I trials, the US National Institutes of Health has announced plans to initiate, in early 2015, a large randomized, controlled Phase III study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of this and other investigational Ebola vaccine candidates. Merck has also made financial contributions to Direct Relief and Project Hope, and has sent two infectious disease experts who specialize in infection control to join a team of other specialists to advise and conduct an assessment of response and relief efforts on the ground.
- The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) has provided funding to its partner organizations working in Liberia and Sierra Leone. SFF has rapidly deployed funds to ten organizations working on the ground, including fellow CGI members, Last Mile Health and BRAC-USA.
- “UCSF is working in a variety of ways to try to help the worldwide effort to contain Ebola, from supporting employees who want to volunteer abroad to preparing at home for handling a possible Ebola case.”
- To date, UPS has provided grants and in-kind commitments totaling $750,000 for the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa. UPS allocated emergency funding for the World Food Programme to support Global Logistics Cluster operations In West Africa. In addition, UPS provided a charter flight for UNICEF and continues to provide air, ocean and ground shipments for partners. Through a public-private partnership, UPS, the World Food Programme and the Cologne Bonn Airport have launched an Ebola response air cargo staging area in Germany at the Cologne Bonn Airport. The staging area will facilitate consolidation and coordination of multi-agency supplies, and provide ongoing air capacity for humanitarian relief supplies to West Africa.
- Vitol Foundation recently provided funding for Restless Development to run a youth-led awareness-raising campaign around Ebola in Sierra Leone. Vitol Group has also provided support for Africa Union Medics in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.