STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford-based AmeriCares sent more than 60,000 pounds of medical aid to the healthcare workers in Liberia, who are fighting the record-setting Ebola outbreak.
Supplies sent included 80,000 pairs of gloves, 61,000 masks, 23,000 protective gowns and intravenous fluids that may be used to treat 1,600 Ebola patients. These items were sent with a humanitarian flight organized by Airlink, and arrived Monday, Sept. 29.
“Health workers offer the best hope for containing the epidemic, and their lives are in danger,” AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Inogoglia said. “Protecting health workers is essential to stopping the spread of the disease.”
Airlink is based in Washington, D.C., and provides aid organizations with transportation for cargo and passengers.
Ebola has infected more than 6,500 people, has led to more than 3,000 deaths and continues to spread. The outbreak has been deemed an emergency by the World Health Organization.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1.4 million people may become infected by January, in Liberia and Sierra Leone, if more progressive action is not taken.
Garret has been meeting with health officials and coordinating the AmeriCares effort in Monrovia, Liberia. This was the eight shipment from AmeriCares to the region, and the second coordinated with Airlink.
To help with the AmeriCares Ebola response, visit the website at americares.org/fightebola or call 800-486-HELP.
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