Atlanta Joins Together to Fight Ebola As Window Closes
This past week Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC was very clear on his stance towards the Ebola outbreak.
“There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing. We need action now,” Frieden said.
Act now. That is something that we as the global health community have been working hard to do since the outbreak began in March, but there’s still so much more we must do.
Frieden went on to say “This is not just a problem for West Africa, it’s not just a problem for Africa. It’s a problem for the world, and the world needs to respond.”
Today, the Atlanta community is responding. NGOs, companies, universities and the general public are joining together to help ensure that this deadly virus ceases to exist. As a new member of that community, I couldn’t be more honored to stand alongside them. At MAP, our foundation is partnerships. Since our founding in 1954, we have continued our mission of “serving the servants”. It is a privilege to stand beside some of the world’s leading health organizations based here in Atlanta in providing aid to those afflicted by this rapidly spreading virus. This week, MAP is partnering with MedShare, whose mission is to provide medical supplies to those in most need. Joining together gives us the ability to respond more effectively in times of crisis and to have the most impact. These three airlifted shipments, one each to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will provide the hardest hit countries with four pallets of essential medical supplies and one pallet of vital pharmaceuticals.
MedShare is joined in this endeavor by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and UPS to provide those suffering with hope, through health. With the World Health Organization (WHO) predicting that more than 20,000 people could contract Ebola before the outbreak is contained the faculty and staff at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health have stepped up to be a beacon for health and public safety.
Joining with us, they are raising funds to send Personal Protection Suits (PPE’s) to healthcare workers in West Africa. Many of our partners on the ground in Liberia have been forced to close their doors because they have lost too many healthcare workers to this deadly virus. If we continue to work together we can save the lives of those healthcare workers still treating patients in West Africa and prevent the spread of Ebola elsewhere.
So with that in mind, please consider not only donating to MAP’s relief efforts but also to one of our valued partners and sister organizations. Together we can stop this outbreak.
- MAP International www.map.org
- MedShare www.medshare.org
- CARE www.care.org
- Georgia State University’s School of Public Health https://www.causes.com/stopebola
- The CDC Foundation http://www.cdcfoundation.org/globaldisaster
- American Leprosy Missions www.leprosy.org
Steve Stirling is the President & CEO of MAP International, a global Christian health organization based in Georgia that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities. To learn more about MAP www.map.org.