National Nurses United have announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa.
“International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Teams have done outstanding work on the ground, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone, in treating patients, operating treatment centers, and training frontline health workers to combat this virus,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of NNU’s Registered Nurse Response Network, which coordinates NNU’s own disaster relief efforts.
Nurses and the general public donated the funds in response to a call last year by RNRN and NNU to escalate the Ebola fight in West Africa. Part of that effort also included a donation RNRN/NNU arranged in September of 1,000 Hazmat special protective suits from Kappler Incorporated, an Alabama-based garment manufacturer, for nurses, doctors, and other health workers working in West Africa.
NNU also devoted substantial efforts to raising protective standards for nurses and other health workers in the U.S.
In addition to its work in Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the countries that have endured the most devastating effects of Ebola that have made some progress in fighting the epidemic, International Medical Corps has begun stepping up its emergency efforts in Mali and Guinea, where Ebola has been on the upswing.
“We are very grateful to National Nurses United for their generous donation which will go towards purchasing personal protective equipment to support International Medical Corps’ Ebola Treatment Units in West Africa. These suits are critical to our ability to treat patients, while keeping our doctors and nurses safe,” said Rabih Torbay, Senior Vice President of International Operations for International Medical Corps. “We must work together to combat this deadly disease that, uncontained, might very well become a global catastrophe. Partnerships like this are absolutely vital,” he said.
As of January 20, nearly 22,000 cases of Ebola have been reported with nearly 8,700 deaths, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.