PCI and Hasa, Inc. Partner in Response to Ebola Crisis in Liberia

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Donation of Bleach Will Support PCI’s Efforts to Treat and Prevent Spread of Ebola

Bleach is essential in the fight against Ebola, and this donation from Hasa will allow us to save lives and prevent the further spread of the disease.

PCI (Project Concern International) and Hasa, Inc. are joining forces to respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Hasa is donating 350 cases of bleach to PCI, which will be used in medical and community care centers in Liberia as a sanitizer to prevent the spread of Ebola.

“Bleach is essential in the fight against Ebola, and this donation from Hasa will allow us to save lives and prevent the further spread of the disease,” said George Guimaraes, President & CEO of PCI. “We are grateful for Hasa’s generous gift, and it comes at critical time in our response efforts as we will need this material more than ever in operating Community Care Centers to treat Ebola patients.”    

Bleach is used to create a chlorine solution which kills Ebola germs and is used extensively in Ebola treatment from hand washing, to cleaning medical instruments, cleaning health facilities, and hazmat suits for doctors and nurses treating patients. Washing hands and arms in a chlorine solution is required for entering any public building or office in Liberia, and used in every step of treating an Ebola patient.

“The Hasa team is proud to contribute to PCI’s fight against Ebola,” said Rory Manley, President of Hasa Inc. “This human tragedy that threatens Liberia and other African countries also has global implications and is a battle that cannot be lost. Here in the U.S. we take for granted the simplest things like bleach which affords us clean drinking water and prevents the spread of disease in so many ways. We gladly share this basic resource and hope that it will improve sanitary conditions in Liberia.”

Maersk is generously donating the shipment of the bleach to Liberia through its port in Houston. The bleach is expected to arrive in Liberia by January 1, 2015.

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak, PCI has reached more than 140,000 Liberians through community mobilization and awareness-raising efforts as part of its Food for Peace program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). PCI is also constructing ten Community Care Centers in two counties, training Liberian health workers on preventing and treating Ebola, and providing medical and personal protective equipment to health care workers.

About PCI: PCI’s mission is to prevent disease, improve community health and promote sustainable development worldwide. Motivated by a concern for the world’s most vulnerable children, families and communities, PCI envisions a world where abundant resources are shared, communities are able to provide for the health and well-being of their members, and children and families can achieve lives of hope, good health and self-sufficiency. For more information, visit http://www.pciglobal.org.

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