October 30th, 2014
As the fight against Ebola continues in West Africa, foundations and others are stepping up to provide support. There are too many for GrantWatch Blog to provide a comprehensive list, but here are a few examples.
In an August 25 press release, the CDC Foundation, in Atlanta, announced a $1 million grant to its Global Disaster Response Fund from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The grant is for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola response needs.
The CDC Foundation, which was established by Congress, helps the CDC “do more, faster, by forging public-private partnerships to support [the agency’s] work 24/7 to save lives and protect people from health and safety threats,” the release says. It is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the RWJF’s president and CEO, said in the release, “We are privileged to assist CDC in its heroic efforts to contain this [Ebola] outbreak, and we are confident of their ability to control this scourge—provided they have the support required to do the job.”
The grantee has used the RWJF funds to purchase essential materials needed by the CDC to respond to the Ebola epidemic—for example, polymerase chain reaction machines and “specialized reagents capable of rapidly detecting the presence or absence of the Ebola virus in patient samples,” Claire Greenwell at the CDC Foundation told me. The RWJF funding also is being used to buy electronic tablets for use by contact tracing and burial teams in Liberia and to help buy personal protective equipment used in training US health workers before their deployment to West Africa.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on September 10 that it would commit $50 million to support the scaling up of emergency efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa and to “interrupt transmission of the virus,” according to a Gates press release. As of that time, it had already awarded some of that $50 million. Five million dollars went to the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency operations and more; and $5 million to the US Fund for UNICEF for efforts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to buy essential medical supplies, coordinate response, and “provide at-risk communities with life-saving health information.” And $2 million was to be allocated “immediately” to the CDC for treatment, health care system strengthening, and more, according to the release.
Read an October 10 blog post by Anick Supplice Dupuy, executive director of the nongovernmental organization (NGO) PSI/Haiti, published on the Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog, “On Ebola: Haiti Has Lessons in Slowing the Spread of Infectious Disease.”
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awarded $9 million to the CDC Foundation’s Global Disaster Response Fund, according to a September 11 press release. The intent of the grant is to help manage the public health response to the Ebola epidemic. It will help advance the work of the CDC and that of local ministries of health in setting up “sustainable emergency response centers” in countries that were then (and still are) most affected by the epidemic: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Read the rest of this entry »