the Children received today its largest private donation to
date for its Ebola response. The $6.6 million grant from the
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will support efforts to
provide healthcare, comfort, protection and education to
Liberia's children and families, as well as community
awareness programs aimed at protecting health and preventing
the spread of the virus.
The grant is part of Mr. Allen's commitment to funding at
least $100 million in programs to tackle the Ebola crisis.
"During my recent trip to Liberia, I saw firsthand the
impact the deadly Ebola virus is having on children,
families and communities," said Carolyn Miles, president and
CEO of Save the Children. "The daily increase in the number
of orphans is particularly alarming. The support we receive
from Mr. Allen will enable Save the Children to give more
patients the immediate care they so desperately need, and
can help to prevent the tragic loss so many families are
Through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's generous
support, Save the Children will be able to strengthen its
health response through Ebola Community Care Centers, the
first of which opens this week. Save the Children plans to
construct, manage and operate nine additional community care
centers smaller facilities in rural areas designed to
isolate and treat Ebola patients within their towns and
villages to ensure the hardest-hit communities in Liberia
have access to quality community-level care.
"In addition to addressing the immediate on the ground needs
to tackle Ebola, we can't forget the long-term impact of
this crisis," said Mr. Allen. "We must also focus on
projects that will build infrastructure to provide ongoing
support for the population. Children are the most vulnerable
of this population, and the work Save the Children is doing
will help provide for their care and education so they can
have a future."
To learn more about Save the Children's Ebola response,
To support Save the Children's response to the Ebola crisis,
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