American Leprosy Missions Provides Protective Gear in Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

(Greenville, S.C., August 7, 2014) — The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure leprosy and related diseases and care for those affected by them is joining the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

To date, more than 900 people have died due to the killer virus. The nation of Liberia, where American Leprosy Missions began work in 1978, is one of the hardest hit. While Ebola rages, American Leprosy Missions cannot effectively help people affected by leprosy and Buruli ulcer. Many hospitals have closed, or are open only to Ebola patients. Health workers struggling to contain the epidemic are risking their lives to help the sick. One of the most critical needs is protective suits to keep them safe.

So American Leprosy Missions has teamed up with longtime partner MAP International to send nearly 6,000 Personal Protective Suits (PPEs) and $1.5 million worth of essential medicines and supplies to fight this outbreak in Liberia.

The shipment will be airlifted out of MAP International’s distribution center in Brunswick, Georgia on Monday, August 11th and will provide the desperately needed suits and supplies to healthcare workers through the Liberian Ministry of Health.

“The Ebola virus is threatening the lives of thousands of people in Liberia,” says Jim Oehrig, American Leprosy Missions’ Chief Program Officer. “American Leprosy Missions has worked there for many years, and this epidemic is making it extremely difficult for our partners on the ground to serve some of the poorest and most marginalized people, those affected by leprosy, Buruli ulcer and other neglected tropical diseases. So it’s important for us to be at the forefront of the international response to this public health emergency.”

Last year, American Leprosy Missions and MAP International sent more than $3.6 million of medicine and medical supplies to Africa and Asia to help people affected by leprosy and related diseases.

About American Leprosy Missions

American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States dedicated to curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and related diseases. It currently operates in countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. During its more than 100-year history, American Leprosy Missions has provided holistic care to four million people around the world including medical treatment and training, Christian outreach, prevention of disability, community development and vaccine research.

American Leprosy Missions is in need of financial support to assist with the rapid delivery of these critically needed supplies to Liberia.  You can support American Leprosy Missions’ efforts to fight this Ebola outbreak in West Africa by going to www.support.leprosy.org/ebola

For Additional Information

Sarah Hesshaus
Communications Director
864.241.1731 or 800.543.3135
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