Qatar Charity Steps up Efforts to Help Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Qatar Charity Steps up Efforts to Help Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

6/11/2015 |

Qatar Charity Steps up Efforts to Help Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone


Qatar Charity provided 360,000 Qatari riyals to allow for the purchase of personal protective and other vital equipment at an Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) in Lunsar, Sierra Leone.  The ETC, managed by International Medical Corps, has discharged 47 survivors since it opened in December 2014.

“We were pleased to expand our relief efforts to help the people of Sierra Leone, who are still struggling in their fight against Ebola,” said Yousuf bin Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Charity.  “This funding provided much-needed equipment and supplies to help International Medical Corps’ operations in Port Loko, which has screened some 380 people for Ebola since opening in December.”

With this funding from Qatar Charity, International Medical Corps procured 270 pairs of protective footwear, 33,000 pairs of protective gloves, 4,450 aprons and protective coveralls, 180 cleaning kits, 10,000  face masks, as well as stethoscopes, thermometers, chlorine, talcum powder, and other supplies.

“The heroic women and men working in our Ebola treatment facilities in West Africa depend on personal protective equipment to help save the lives of others every day,” said Rabih Torbay, Senior Vice President of International Operations for International Medical Corps. “With support from Qatar Charity, our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers can remain safe while they work in our Lunsar Ebola Treatment Center.”

This relief support is part of the framework of Qatar Charity’s concerns for devastated and poor countries including the West African countries suffering from the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has claimed the lives of many people.

With the common mission to assist and strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities worldwide, Qatar Charity and International Medical Corps formed a global strategic partnership in 2014 that allowed the organizations to maximize their reach in humanitarian hotspots worldwide. Including this funding, Qatar Charity has provided a total of 8,395,000 Qatari riyals to International Medical Corps to implement critical health programs in locations such as Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic.