Medical Relief for Ebola Crisis
The Ebola outbreak affecting Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria is largest in history and the first in West Africa. The virus has spread to more than 3000 people and has taken the lives of over 1500 people. Sierra Leone (1026 confirmed cases, 422 fatalities) and Liberia (1378 confirmed cases, 694 fatalities) are the countries most affected by this epidemic, with high concentrations in urban areas.
The scarcity of medical supplies has caused many doctors and health care workers to be quarantined, and they are unable to provide help for those infected with Ebola. Because Ebola is transmitted via bodily fluids, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn by anyone administering care to infected patients, including 2-3 pairs of gloves, a gown, eye protection, a face mask, and shoe covers.
During the week of August 25, 2014, Airlink organized a shipment of nearly 5,000 pounds of PPE and other medical supplies to Sierra Leone, donated by the National Organization for Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA). Thanks to Brussels Airlines and Kuehne + Nagel, this shipment of much-needed medical relief arrived quickly in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where it was used immediately.