The UPS Foundation has committed $400,000 worth of in-kind logistics services to help get supplies into the hands of health care professionals fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The biggest portion of that is a sponsored chartered flight from Belgium carrying 55 metric tons of disinfectant to Monrovia, Liberia, the country where 40 percent of deaths from the outbreak have occurred. 

The foundation’s assistance also includes expediting the trucking of 10 pallets of supplies from MedShare’s Decatur, Ga., warehouse to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, as well as $75,000 worth of ocean freight services. 

MedShare has also received a grant for $200,000 from the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation to send supplies designated to fighting Ebola, along with a variety of other donations. MAP International, another Georgia-based charity that sends surplus drugs and supplies around the world, is partnering with MedShare on the shipments

Lack of essential supplies as basic as rubber gloves has left already-strapped hospitals unprepared to treat the outbreak, which has infected more than 3,500 people, killing 1,900, according to the latest World Heath Organization statistics. Health care workers are among those hardest hit. 

MedShare recently hosted the first lady of Guinea, and local honorary consuls representing Liberia and Sierra Leone have been actively engaged in raising awareness locally about the outbreak in their countries.

For the full list of projects supported by UPS, click here

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...