With Ebola marching through West Africa, inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment and medical resources expose doctors, nurses, and their patients to significant risk. In response, more than 20 leading medical companies have stepped up with critically needed items to facilitate a series of emergency shipments through non-profit organization Direct Relief.
The supplies include gloves, masks, gowns, antibiotics and soap. Among the companies that have donated goods and financial support are some high-profile firms in household and personal care: Kimberly-Clark, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Merck & Co., Pfizer and Prestige Brands.
Other firms involved in the effot are 3M, Actavis Pharma, Inc., Ansell Healthcare, Basic Medical, Baxter International, Inc., BD, Cera Products, Inc., Covidien, Henry Schein, Inc., Mylan Laboratories Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Omron Healthcare, Inc., Pro2 Solutions, Inc., Sappo Hill, and Teva.
"The unprecedented scale of the outbreak has over-stretched local and even international public health institutions, so the mobilization of private resources, including from companies who make essential products or just want to help, can play a defining role in the collective effort to stem the outbreak," said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief. "We are deeply thankful so many are stepping up to help in so many ways."
Founded in 1948, Direct Relief provides medical assistance to people and communities without regard to their political systems, religious beliefs, or ethnic identities.