[dropcap type=”3″]T[/dropcap]he Dangote Foundation has pledged to donate $3m to a fund established by the African Union to contain the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.
The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote who currently rated 62nd most influential man in the world by Forbes Magazine, made the pledge on behalf of the Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a meeting with some AU business leaders.
This was contained in a communiqué on Tuesday by the Dangote Foundation.
The AU Ebola Fund was set up in response to the African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Zuma’s call for $30m from Africa’s private sector to support the efforts of the AU in containing the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
According to the report, the funds would be used to send 1,000 African health workers, such as doctors, epidemiologists, nurses and lab technologists to join ongoing efforts to stop the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Inadequacy of professional and trained health workers has been identified as the key factor limiting the Ebola containment efforts in the three most affected countries.
The statement said Aliko Dangote commended the business leaders for their speedy response to the AU’s call. He also encouraged more business leaders and the general public to contribute to the Fund.
He said “Ebola has continued to devastate and take away lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There must be no let-up in urgently matching solidarity and moral support with faster and more strategic actions. None of us can sleep easy until Ebola is contained.