Airlink AirBridge for Ebola Response
The Ebola outbreak affecting Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria was largest in history and the first in West Africa. During the main outbreak (Spring 2014 to Fall 2015), the virus spread to 28,465 people and took the lives of over 11,000. Sierra Leone and Liberia were especially hard hit, with high concentrations in urban areas.
The scarcity of medical supplies proved to be a major barrier to the eradication of this outbreak. Because Ebola is transmitted via bodily fluids, personal protective equipment (PPE) had to be worn by anyone administering care to infected patients, including 2-3 pairs of gloves, a gown, eye protection, a face mask, and shoe covers. With the logistics supply chain severely constricted and the amount of supplies desperately needed reaching an all-time high, many aid organizations initially found it difficult to deliver the aid necessary to combat this epidemic.
However, with the help of a USD $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Foundation, Airlink established an Air Bridge from the US and Europe directly into West Africa, and delivered more than 500 tons of aid cargo and nearly 70 healthcare workers to support the crisis. See our final report here.
The Airlink Air Bridge initiative was created to fulfill Airlink's Commitment to Action as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. This effort is being made possible through partnerships with Direct Relief International, AmeriCares, LIFT, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Greenbaum Foundation, ChildFund International, AFYA Foundation, American Logistics Aid Network, Brussels Airlines, and Western Global Airlines. By the end of the year, Airlink pledges to deliver up to 500 tons of material aid to West Africa, saving and improving thousands of lives as our partners work to curb the Ebola epidemic. To see the full commitment, please visit our Commitment page.