Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have announced a $25 million gift to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation in support of the CDC's efforts to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The award will be used to expeditiously address needs identified by CDC experts on the ground that could otherwise go unmet, such as the equipping of community care centers, employment and training of local staff, provision of vehicles for specimen transport, Ebola case identification and contact tracing, burial support, and translation services and communications. The gift also will be used to fund needs that arise in the weeks and months to come.
According to NBC News, the CDC has hundreds of staffers working on the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and has sent more than a hundred experts to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, while the CDC Foundation continues to raise funds for supplies.
"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," said Zuckerberg in a post. "We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome."