Players award additional £100,000 to MSF to fight Ebola
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the organisation leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, were recently been awarded £100,000 by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. MSF currently have a total of 3,340 staff working in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali, and are currently running 65% of the Ebola treatment beds in the area.
"At our Ebola centre in Bo, Sierra Leone, I met doctors and nurses giving everything they had to provide their patients with dignity and comfort as they struggled to fight off the virus," said Natasha Lewer, an MSF staff member who has spent the last several weeks in the area. "Our medical teams couldn't do this work without the generous support of the public – from the handful of coins from a cake sale to the extra £100,000 award received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to specifically tackle the problem of Ebola."
Sophie Madden, another MSF representative, offered her thanks. "Players of the charity lottery have already awarded £150,000 to MSF, so it is wonderful that this extra funding can be focussed on areas dealing with Ebola. More than 1,200 people have now recovered from Ebola and been discharged from MSF’s centres."
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said, "I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to award MSF with this extra funding. The fight against Ebola is something we are all so aware of, and it is great that this extra funding will specifically help those areas blighted with the disease."
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, humanitarian organisation with teams delivering healthcare in emergencies as well as long-term crises. They exist to save lives by providing medical and humanitarian aid where it is needed the most.