The current Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of 4033 people since its inception. The virus has already traveled across the Atlantic from West Africa to reach US. Europe also has several Ebola cases. Global health is now at stake because of this deadly virus. It’s not only an outbreak; it’s humanitarian crisis.
The Ebola epidemic is bringing both first and third world on their knees. How millionaires of first world can turn the table for greater good?
Good news is they are actually stepping forward and taking leaderships to fight against Ebola!
Yesterday, on 14 October, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are going to donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC Foundation] to help fight Ebola in West Africa. Zuckerberg, in his Facebook status expressed his concerns about Ebola-
“The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.”
The CEO and President of CDC Foundation, Charles Strokes states that this flexible donation from Facebook founder will help CDC to address the most pressing needs as the epidemic shifts and evolves in future.
Earlier, in early September this year, Microsoft founder and technology advisor Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates promised that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was going to donate $50 million to fight against Ebola in West Africa.
The foundation divided the donation to different health organizations who are working in West Africa to curb this epidemic. World Health Organization (WHO) received $5 million, UNICEF got another $5 million and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) got $2 million from this donation. All the recipient organizations are working in West Africa to stop Ebola outbreak.
“We also want to accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines and diagnostics that can help end this epidemic and prevent future outbreaks.” said Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation.
The generosity and leadership from these two billionaires are remarkable and inspiring. Bill Gates is already known for his huge donations through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the maternal and child health around the world. Now Mark Zuckerberg is joining the league to improve population health of poverty-inflicted countries.
Melinda Gates, in her tweet yesterday, congratulated Zuckerberg and Chan for their generosity and leadership to fight against Ebola.
But what about us, who are non-billionaires? How we can contribute to this fight?
There are several organizations who are trying so hard to put an end to Ebola epidemic in African countries where the health system is fragile and under-resourced. And they are receiving donations, of any amount, from anybody who are interested to donate. Here is the list of some organizations you can give your donations-
- Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres,
- The CDC Foundation
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- International Medical Corps
- Samaritan’s Purse
- UNICEF USA
- EMERGENCY USA
- Save the Children
- Global Giving’s Ebola Relief Fund
Let’s join the movement and help the health workers fighting Ebola!