Zuckerberg Pledges 25Mil to Ebola Care
Facebook bossman and known philanthropist Mark Zuckerberg has thrown his massive fortune in front of the advancing ebola epidemic which plagues coastal west Africa as we speak.
The deadly virus was discovered in Guinea in December last year, and has gradually spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia, claiming thousands of lives by means of excruciating internal bleeding of the organs.
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While the western media, especially the tabloids, prophecy doom and gloom and attempt to stir up panic in developed countries yet to see a trace of the virus, let alone significant numbers of deaths, the African community suffers daily to the real effects of this very real virus.
In what comes as a refreshing piece of news amid the apocalyptic ramblings of selfish sensationalists, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have sprung into action, and, in a recent statement through Facebook, have pledged an enormous amount of money to combat the disease – a $25 million grant has been set up for the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, who are heroically taking the fight to Ebola on the ground, in some of the most heavily infected areas.
Zuck’s statement reads as follows.
“The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed,”
“We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
“We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.”
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Whilst the media in the UK are convinced the virus is soon to arrive and wreak havoc on our poor little lives, very little is actually known on when the virus is next to strike. Spain has seen a patient, as well as the United States, but the superior equipment and funding in the West have mercifully kept the cases contained.
Hopefully Africa will have a better chance of some semblance of containment once the Centers for Disease Control Foundation receives this funding boost.
Time, as always, will be the deciding factor in the case of this tragic outbreak.