Project CURE ships critical medical equipment to West African countries to combat Ebola

11 September 2014 (Last Updated September 11th, 2014 18:30)

US-based charity Project CURE is shipping examination gloves and other critical medical supplies to West African countries to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

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US-based charity Project CURE is shipping examination gloves and other critical medical supplies to West African countries to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

Hospitals in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will receive more than 330,000 of exam gloves.

US-based medical supply firm Medline Industries has donated these gloves, which are one of the items that will be included in more than 200 World Health Organization (WHO) approved Ebola infection prevention kits.

In addition, the organisation will supply head covers, face shields, masks, duct tape, coveralls, boots and covers, heavy duty aprons, goggles and defogger in these virus affected countries.

More than 240 healthcare workers aiding in the Ebola virus outbreak regions have been infected with the virus, with half of them confirmed dead.

"When something as simple as gloves can mean the difference between life and death for so many, we all have both the incentive and the imperative to get involved."

Two major factors contributing to the rise of deaths, are non-availability of proper protective and sterilisation equipment, in conjunction with Ebola's incubation period of two to 21 days.

In addition, the WHO reports there are only one to two doctors per 100,000 patients in the three countries and the crisis is resulting in healthcare workers fearing for their lives.

Project CURE president and CEO Dr Douglas Jackson said: "We are thrilled to be working with Medline on this lifesaving effort.

"This generous donation demonstrates their heart for the world and Medline's determination to be leaders in healthcare.

"When something as simple as gloves can mean the difference between life and death for so many, we all have both the incentive and the imperative to get involved."

According to recent reports, there is an acute need for biohazard bags, body bags, gum boots, boot covers, goggles, masks, handheld and back sprayers, as well as disposable coveralls.


Image: Project CURE volunteers prepare urgently needed exam gloves and medical supplies for shipping to healthcare workersfighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.