World Vision and Other Donors Prepare for Massive Shipment of Medical Supplies


World Vision will deliver medical supplies to contain Ebola in Sierra Leone.

SEATTLE — Just days before the government of Sierra Leone institutes a three-day quarantine to contain the spread of Ebola, World Vision will begin a massive delivery of 200 pallets of medical relief supplies – thanks to private donations.

McKesson, the largest healthcare services company in the United States, through its affiliate McKesson Medical-Surgical donated four million pairs of latex gloves – enough to meet the entire country of Sierra Leone’s needs for the next five months* – to World Vision. Through World Vision’s participation in the World Health Organization’s Ebola Task Force, the gloves will be distributed to health workers who often find themselves treating patients without the proper supplies needed to prevent them from contracting Ebola.

“I am very thankful that we are in a position to donate these medical supplies at a time when the help is so desperately needed in West Africa,” said Stanton McComb, President, McKesson Medical-Surgical. “At McKesson, we’re in the business of delivering better health to our customers and we’re proud to partner with a great organization like World Vision to help make a real difference where it matters most.”

“Health professionals and humanitarian aid workers are in an incredibly challenging and dangerous situation in Sierra Leone,” said Leslie Scott, national director of World Vision Sierra Leone. “These medical supplies will support the men and women who are putting their lives on the line to respond to the Ebola crisis.”

The gloves, and other critical supplies for public health workers, will be shipped to Sierra Leone on a chartered Boeing 747-400 flight that departs New York on Monday, Sept. 22. The supplies will be transported to New York from World Vision’s warehouse in Pittsburgh starting today.

In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that the toll of the Ebola crisis would be lessened if hospital workers had more access to disposable rubber gloves.


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