Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, through his charitable foundation, is donating US$9 million to support US efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Reuters reported on Friday, citing a source familiar with the matter.
The money from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the worst Ebola epidemic on record has killed about 2,300 people and shows no sign of slowing six months after it began, the report said.
“The tragedy of Ebola is that we know how to tackle the disease, but the governments in West Africa are in dire need of more resources and solutions,” Allen wrote in an essay scheduled to be posted on his blog. “The developed world needs to step up now with resources and solutions.”
Last month, Allen’s foundation donated US$2.8 million to the American Red Cross for its efforts to contain the epidemic.
On Wednesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged US$50 million to United Nations agencies and other international groups to purchase supplies, such as protective gear for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients, and to expand the emergency response.
US President Barack Obama asked Congress for US$88 million in new Ebola funding, including US$25 million for CDC, but this week congressional leaders said they would provide no more than US$40 million, according to the news agency.
CDC has just over 100 public health experts in the Ebola-stricken areas, and plans to send more, the report said.
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