One year ago today, on October 23, 2014, Paul G. Allen increased his commitment to tackle Ebola with a pledge of at least $100 million toward the fight. At the point of Allen's announcement, Ebola was ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea infecting over 10,000 people killing more than half of them. And it was threatening to spread to countries around the world.
In an article Allen wrote that day, he shared why he was expanding his efforts, "Ebola is not somebody else’s problem. It is ours. The entire global community needs to step up now with resources that match the speed and scale of this growing outbreak."
In the year since that pledge many things have changed. The number of new cases have gone from nearly a thousand to just three currently. Sierra Leone and Liberia are now Ebola-free and the world's attention has turned from airport screenings to preventing the next epidemic.
While Ebola has certainly slowed down, efforts to get to zero cases has not. Here's some of the work that has been done to end the Ebola outbreak.
Innovative Solutions to Prevent Future Outbreaks
The West Africa Ebola outbreak exposed significant gaps in the world’s ability to effectively respond to global health crises. In reponse to Allen's call for ideas on how to overcome these challenges and get ahead of the next outbreak—the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program awarded seven grants, totaling $11 million, to organizations that are taking innovative approaches to closing the gaps in epidemic response. Learn More >>
Next-Generation Medevac Units
Through a powerful partnership with the U.S. Department of State, MRI Global and the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, two first-of-their-kind biocontainment units were developed. These units will greatly improve U.S. medevac capabilities and provide frontline health-care workers medical care should they need it. Learn More >>
Ebola Innovation Summit
Held on April 21, 2015 in San Francisco, the summit brought together the best and brightest individuals and organizations to review what the Ebola outbreak has taught us so far to help advance and prepare for future epidemics. Learn More >>
Body Team 12
Using the power of film to drive action, Vulcan Productions and RYOT Films partnered on the short film Body Team 12. The film follows a heroic group of Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead during the height of the Ebola outbreak. The story is told through the eyes of the only female member of the team -- giving the viewer an unique perspective into the fight. Learn More >>
Supporting the Survivors
One of the most tragic outcomes of the Ebola crisis in West Africa has been its toll on children. According to UNICEF, nearly 17,000 children have lost one or both parents. To fill the need, Allen announced a multimillion dollar grant aimed at providing urgent care for these children giving them the protection, education and care they need. Learn More >>
Tackle Ebola is a coalition formed and funded by Allen to mobilize public, corporate, humanitarian and political support for getting to zero cases of Ebola in West Africa. Using celebrities, sports stars, health and advocacy organizations to drive action and awareness in order to help end the Ebola outbreak. Learn More >>