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Leading phone network donates £59k to fight Ebola

ONE OF the leading international phone networks has donated £59,000 to children’s charity Save the Children in support of its work to help the victims of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Lyca Mobile’s Gnanam Foundation, which runs programmes focused on livelihood and education as well as responding to emergency appeals in Sri Lanka, India, Sudan, Tanzania, Romania, Pakistan and the Philippines, hope that the money donated will help to provide vital equipment and supplies needed to run Ebola treatment centres, where patients confirmed to have contracted the deadly virus are isolated for the duration of their illness.

Subaskaran Allirajah, Group Chairman of the foundation, said: “The world has seen this terrible disease claim the lives of many across West Africa. Save the Children is a fantastic organisation, which is working hard to treat patients and prevent new infections. We are pleased to be able to lend support to their cause and at such a critical time for the children of West Africa.”

Save the Children has been on the ground in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the worst hit areas, since the crisis began and is working with partners, such as Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, to support children and raise awareness of how to prevent infection and stop the disease spreading.

The donation will also fund specialist beds for the centre, mosquito nets and medical equipment including oral rehydration fluids, IV drips, drugs and antibiotics to treat the symptoms.

Other funds will be directed to vital hygiene kits designed to protect health workers from contracting the virus. These contain chlorine, rain boots, raincoats, gloves, mops, gloves, soap and hand washing kits essential for stopping the spread of the disease.

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation endeavours to provide opportunities and skills for marginalised people, improve their quality of life and increase their household income.

Through education schemes, medical assistance and livelihood support, Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is committed to helping people achieve a reasonable quality of life. To date the foundation has committed almost £15 million in relief programmes across Sri Lanka, India, Sudan and Nigeria.

Douglas Rouse, Corporate Partnerships Director at Save the Children, said: “There is an urgent demand for treatment beds and nurses to halt the rapid spread of Ebola across West Africa. We’re extremely grateful for the Foundation’s generous donation to our Ebola response crisis appeal - the money will help us to continue our life-saving work in West Africa.”

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