Medical Aid for Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak affecting Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria is largest in history and the first in West Africa. The virus has spread to 1850 people and has taken the lives of over 1000. Sierra Leone (730 confirmed cases, 315 fatalities) and Liberia (599 confirmed cases, 323 fatalities) are the countries most affected by this epidemic, with high concentrations in urban areas.

The scarcity of medical supplies has caused many doctors and health care workers to be quarantined, and they are unable to provide help for those infected with Ebola. Because Ebola is transmitted via bodily fluids, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn by anyone administering care to infected patients, including 1-2 pairs of gloves, a gown, eye protection, a face mask, and shoe covers.

AIRLINK recognized the dire need in West Africa and pulled together five of its nonprofit partners - Afya Foundation, AmeriCares, ChildFund International, Direct Relief, and MedShare - who had aid supplies to deliver to Liberia. Through a cooperative effort between logistics actors (American Logistics Aid Network, LIFT, UPS, and FedEx), and charter airline ATX Air Services, AIRLINK was able to coordinate the delivery of 15,000 pounds of PPE to Monrovia, Liberia.

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