The grant, which was made to the CDC Foundation's Global Disaster Response Fund, will help the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ministries of health in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three countries most affected by the virus, establish emergency operations centers that can manage and improve the response to the deteriorating situation. The funds will be used to build health center infrastructure, train emergency operation center staff, and support detection of the virus through a multi-pronged approach of incident management systems, staff protocols, surveillance data collection and analysis, access to laboratory testing, and communication systems.
"Ebola is raging through parts of West Africa like an out-of-control forest fire, but it can be controlled if the world comes together," said CDC director Tom Frieden. "The donation from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation helps meet a critical need as emergency operations centers are vital to coordinating the response to stop this epidemic and to prevent other ones in the future."
“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 to treat and contain the virus,” said Paul Allen. “This contribution is just the beginning of an ongoing commitment to help the people of West Africa. Money is only part of the answer. We need creative and practical solutions for the logistical, healthcare worker safety, and in-country education challenges aid organizations are facing.”