The Director of the Division of Emergency Operations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has attributed his institution’s success in the Ebola fight in West Africa to the huge contribution made by Paul G. Allen, an American philanthropist.
At the recent dedication of the newly constructed Emergency Operation Center near Congo Town, Monrovia, Jeffrey Bryant said as CDC was contemplating how to reach West Africa with emergency assistance during the Ebola crisis, they needed money, and Paul Allen, the first to respond, provided US$100 million in a short period of time.
Mr. Allen’s contribution is recorded as the highest individual donation in the fight against Ebola in We
While in serious need of funds to facilitate their work in West Africa, Mr. Bryant recounted that the Paul G. Allen Foundation in 20 minutes responded and it set the pace for preparation to respond to the health crisis that claimed over 4,000 lives in Liberia alone.
It may be recalled that when the Ebola crisis escalated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dispatched over 500 health personnel to Liberia, and the two other affected countries under the banner of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).
From the US$100 million donation, they were able to dispatch the men and women, acquire equipment and provide other logistical supports to the team.
The Country Director of CDC Foundation in Liberia, Desmond Williams, also said during the dedication that out of the fund provided for the Ebola fight in West Africa US$6 million was used to facilitate the erection of the Emergency Operating Center in Monrovia and the rest of the counties.
Amid growing concerns about disappearances of vehicles at the Health Ministry, Mr. Williams said about 20 vehicles provided to some institutions that worked with CDC during the crisis are still intact.
Ambassador Deborah Malac also mentioned that the US$6 million helped to create emergency operating centers in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
About Paul G. Allen
Born on January 21, 1953, Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor, singer and innovator. He is a co-founder of Micro-Soft alongside Bill Gates.
He is the 51st richest man in the world and has a net worth of US$17.5 billion as of July this year.
He lives in Seattle, Washington State, and has investment portfolios including technology companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology and media companies.
He owns two professional sports team, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.
Paul Allen is also a founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
As a philanthropist, Paul Allen has given more than $1.8 billion towards the advancement of Science, technology, wildlife conservation, the arts and community services.
His pledge of $100 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa was fulfilled on October 23, 2014.