Ebola has taken the lives of more than 4,000 people and infected approximately 8,400 in West Africa as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others work to contain the world’s worst Ebola epidemic. To help advance the public health response, today the CDC Foundation announced a generous $25 million gift from Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan from their donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The donation from Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan was made to the CDC Foundation’s Global Disaster Response Fund, which is providing essential materials and assistance to advance CDC’s response to the Ebola epidemic. This donation will be used by the CDC Foundation to help expeditiously address needs that are identified by CDC experts on the ground, and that could otherwise go unmet. These needs may include the equipping of community care centers, employment and training of local staff, generators, vehicles to be used for specimen transport, Ebola case identification and contact tracing, burial support, and translation services and communications, all vital to health care system strengthening. This grant will also fund other needs that arise going forward.