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Ex Microsoft Exec Giving $9M To Fight Ebola

September 11, 2014 by staff 

Ex Microsoft Exec Giving $9M To Fight Ebola, Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen’s charitable foundation on Thursday will announce it is donating $9 million to support U.S. efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a source familiar with the matter said.

The gift to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes at a time when international groups, including Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization, have said resources to contain the epidemic and treat those affected are falling tragically short.

Allen said the donation from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will help CDC establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed about 2,300 people and shows no sign of slowing six months after it began.

“The tragedy of Ebola is that we know how to tackle the disease, but the governments in West Africa are in dire need of more resources and solutions,” Allen wrote in an essay scheduled to be posted on his blog. “The developed world needs to step up now with resources and solutions.”

Last month, Allen’s foundation donated $2.8 million to the American Red Cross for its work on the outbreak.

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