The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced three grants totaling more than $4.2 million to address basic human needs that are being threatened by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The grants will enable aid organizations to provide food, supplies, and prevention kits and rebuild local treatment centers in areas affected by the virus. The grant recipients are Action Against Hunger, which was awarded $1.9 million to provide food for isolated patients, construct water kiosks and hand washing stations, and boost Ebola prevention awareness in the region; AmeriCares, which received $1.35 million to provide supplies and services to underresourced clinics in Grand Bassa County in Liberia; and Direct Relief, which was awarded $1 million for the continued delivery of medical supplies to West African nations.
Last month, Allen announced that he was increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. With these latest grants, more than half of that pledge has been committed to projects dedicated to preventing, containing, treating, and addressing the effects of the deadly virus.
"The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected," said Allen, a 2010 signatory of the Giving Pledge. "The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants will enable the people of West Africa to quickly receive essential care and supplies they need to get through this crisis."