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Ansell assists in working to contain Ebola

Posted 20 October 2014 · Add Comment

Ansell has been proactively working on leveraging its expertise and relationships within West Africa, to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

The Company has a long-standing relationship with Direct Relief, and we are pleased they utilise our medical and industrial products for so many critical initiatives around the world.

Specifically, in relation to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Ansell has made a commitment of nearly one million pairs of gloves such as GAMMEX Non-Latex surgical gloves (right), in addition to our HyFlex, Powerflex and Touch N Tuff industrial gloves. As a global leader in protection solutions, Ansell will continue to monitor the situation closely with Direct Relief and our other partner associations and respond further if necessary.

To date, Direct Relief has sent various Ansell product shipments in response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Direct Relief continues to work closely with partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Company is currently building additional shipments to address the ongoing need in the region.

Direct Relief has sent Ansell products to the Medical Research Centre (Sierra Leone), as well as partners Africare (Liberia) and Wellbody Alliance (Sierra Leone) in the near future.

Additional information about our partners who have received (or will receive) critical supplies from Ansell:

  • Wellbody Alliance, a nonprofit that operates a 55-bed clinic in rural Kono District, Sierra Leone is reporting a need for medications, supplies, and emergency staff. Kono District shares a border with Guinea, the source of the outbreak, and neighboring Kailahun District, which has reported the highest number of cases in Sierra Leone. Chief Strategic Officer, Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie, is one of only five physicians serving the 450,000 people of Kono District, the epicenter of Sierra Leone’s recent conflict and the most underserved region of the country.
  • Medical Research Centre (MRC) is a non-governmental organization providing primary health support and research services in Sierra Leone. The organization works closely with local and regional governmental agencies to support a network of over 30 health facilities in central Sierra Leone. MRC reports that they are participating on the National Ebola Task Force and working outside their normal scope of work to help combat the outbreak.
  • Africare is a Monrovia, Liberia-based nonprofit that is active in the following Liberian counties: Boni, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Grand Wedeh, River Cess, Montserrado, Margibi, and Nimba. Africare is able to leverage its eighty-plus in-country staff, alignment with the President of Liberia, and access to MOH vehicles to effectively clear customs and distribute aid throughout Liberia.

Any requests for support in response to this outbreak should be forwarded to news@ansell.com for proper review and consideration. The Company will continue to provide updates as events dictate.
 

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