U.S. Fund for UNICEF wrote -
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has committed $3.6 in to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF that, in coordination with UPS, will air lift 50,000 protection kits into Liberia to help prevent the spread of the virus among caretakers and family members. With the support of your family and friends, UNICEF will provide additional kits and ongoing funding for social mobilization and care will be sent to the communities affected by this devastating virus.
"UPS is providing global transportation logistics expertise to UNICEF to speed the delivery arrangement considering the time sensitive nature of this important mission,” said Mitch Nichols, senior vice president, UPS Transportation and Engineering.
The kits are designed to protect healthy people when family members are showing Ebola-like symptoms. Individuals will be trained in how to use the gear, dispose of waste and reduce the risk of infection. In addition, the funds will equip 2,371 community health volunteers with the resources to educate their communities on how to prevent the spread of Ebola and protect themselves and their families.
“We are so grateful for the generous support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, UPS and partners such as USAID,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “There are 4.5 million children under the age of five living in areas affected by Ebola and UNICEF is working around the clock to protect communities and families against the deadly virus. The funding support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the logistics support from UPS will help UNICEF continue to rush critically-needed, lifesaving supplies to the region."