Tokyo –Bridgestone is to donate $1 million (€0.8m) to support the battle against Ebola in Liberia and Nigeria and has called for more support for those fighting the deadly outbreak.
Half the money will be paid to Samaritan’s Purse by Bridgestone Americas Inc. for work in Liberia, while Bridgestone Corp. will donate $500,000 to support UNICEF’s efforts in Liberia and Nigeria.
The donation follows work by Bridgestone Americas subsidiary Firestone Liberia to manage an Ebola emergency response programme on its subsidiary rubber farm and nearby communities in country.
The funds are aimed at strengthening efforts to stop the spread of Ebola through public awareness, according to a 29 Sept statement from Bridgestone.
Support measures include facilitating delivery of in-home care supplies for the sick; enhancing medical treatment; and providing support for children left orphaned due to the epidemic.
At least 71 Firestone Liberia employees, family members, retirees and people from surrounding communities have contracted the virus.
A company medical centre on Firestone Liberia’s rubber farm has been treating patients in its Ebola Treatment Unit, which has helped 17 people survive the deadly disease.
“It will take everyone – every citizen, government official, health worker and company in the region – to provide the education, resources and supplies needed to stop the spread of this disease,” said Yutaka Yamaguchi, Bridgestone Group’s vice president and senior officer, responsible for CSR and quality management.
“More support is needed and we hope others will join Bridgestone in supporting organisations that are on the front lines of this global health crisis,” added Yamaguchi.
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