Allen will donate $1.3 million to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, the organization that has provided hands-on medical treatment for most of the people diagnosed with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The money will be used to expand clinics and bed capacity, train health workers and assist beleaguered health ministries. In Nigeria and Senegal, which have not yet been swept up in the epidemic, the funds will help governments prepare in case the virus does take root.
Allen is also giving $318,000 to Medical Teams International in Liberia. The funds will provide housing, transportation and equipment for MTI’s staff as they work with the Liberian government to control the spread of infection and trace and investigate cases of the disease.
Allen’s total donations to fight Ebola now stand at more than $20 million. His Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has also organized an informational and fund-raising campaign called Tackle Ebola.
The equipment is destined for Sierra Leone. It includes 4 million pairs of latex gloves and aprons, goggles, masks and surgical scrubs to help protect medical workers from infection.