Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday (on Facebook) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan would be donating $25 million to help in the fight against Ebola. The Huffington Post reports that Zuckerberg and Chan have created the grant from their fund at the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are donating directly to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist them in their “effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and any other location where Ebola has become a dangerous threat.”
According to Yahoo! Finance, Zuckerberg took to his Facebook page to explain why he and his wife decided to make this generous donation.
“We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio. We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.”
At this time there is no known cure for Ebola, but the chairman for the CDC informed the Huffington Post a few days ago that he is “confident the United States will not experience an Ebola outbreak.”
Although the World Health Organization is seeing Ebola from a completely different perspective. The WHO expects that West Africa could easily reach 10,000 new Ebola cases per week before the end of this year. The WHO has also confirmed that the “death rate in the current outbreak is now 70 percent,” as reported by Yahoo! Finance.
As Ebola has taken the lives of more than 4,000 people, mostly in West Africa, the WHO has claimed this Ebola outbreak as “the most severe acute health emergency seen in modern times.”
In addition to Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, Bill Gates has also made a large donation in the amount of $50 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making it the largest donation their foundation has ever made to a humanitarian cause.
Yahoo! Finance reported a statement made by Tom Frieden, CDC Director in relation to the world as it stands with Ebola.
“The most important step we can take is to stop Ebola at its source. The sooner the world comes together to help West Africa, the safer we all will be.”
[Photo Credit: Standard.co.uk]