A familiar source stated, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Paul Allen’s charitable foundation have announced that he is going to donate $9 million to hold up U.S. efforts to fight the Ebola outburst in West Africa on Thursday.
Allen has resigned from Microsoft in 1983 and becomes a famous humanitarian, sustaining scientific research through the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Presently, he is the owner of Seattle Seahawks football team and the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team too.
The donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes at a time when international groups, along with the Doctors without Borders and World Health Organization, have told resources to contain the plague and take care of those affected are declining dreadfully short.
The donation from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will eventually help Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These are the areas facing worst Ebola outbreak on record, killing nearly 2,300 people and shows no sign of slowing 6 months after it began, Allen said.
It has been told officially that Allen wrote in an essay scheduled to be posted on his blog. “The developed world needs to step up now with resources and solutions”. He further said that “The tragedy of Ebola is that we know how to tackle the disease, but the governments in West Africa are in terrible need of more resources and solutions”. Comparatively, in the previous month, Allen’s foundation gifted $2.8 million to the American Red Cross for its effort on the epidemic.
It has also been reported that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promised to give $50 million to United Nations agencies and other international groups to buy materials, such as shielding gear for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients, and to expand the emergency response, On Wednesday.
On the other hand, the U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress for $88 million in new Ebola support which includes $25 million for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, this week, congressional leaders stated that they would donate no more than $40 million.
The Allen’s foundation’s gift would aid CDC to set up and prepare emergency operations centers in the three most-affected countries, focusing on public health, not patient care.
Allen confirms that, the centers will utilize “data management and communication systems for disease and patient contact tracing, to detect and stop the disease from spreading”. They will also expand lab testing to identify new epidemics, and distribute information regarding epidemic to the general public.
Allen also wrote in his blog, “A winnable battle should never be lost”.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just over 100 public health experts in the Ebola zone, and plans to send more.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a speech posted by the foundation, “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”.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation was founded by Congress in 1994. The main aim of this foundation is to raise funds in order to expand what CDC gets from Congress, lately committed $1 million to the Ebola response, together with money for computers, personal protective equipment and thermal scanning thermometers for airports screeners, and training for healthcare workers.