The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, long active in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in Africa, has contributed $1 million to combat the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and is considering making “future investments” in support of anti-Ebola efforts, according to an e-mail received today by Etopia News.
The Media Relations team at the Foundation wrote:
“On July 18, 2014 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to the US Fund for UNICEF in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. These funds will be used to support UNICEF’s response in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal and Mali.
“The current Ebola outbreak is a serious health challenge that must be addressed in partnership with others. We are working with organizations like the WHO to understand the dynamics of the current epidemic and identify tools and strategies that can help global partners respond effectively to this and future outbreaks. These consultations will inform any future investments we might make.”