Qatar Charity (QC) has provided QR360,000 for the purchase of personal protective and other vital equipment at an Ebola treatment centre (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, CEO, Qatar Charity. “This funding has 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 QC, 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 centre.”
The relief support is part of Qatar Charity’s concern for devastated and poor countries, including West African nations suffering from the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has claimed the lives of many people, according to a statement.
With a common mission to assist and strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities worldwide, QC and International Medical Corps formed a global strategic partnership in 2014 that allowed the organisations to maximise their reach in humanitarian hotspots worldwide.
Including this funding, QC has provided a total of QR8,395,000 to International Medical Corps to implement critical health programmes in locations such as Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic.
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