Acme United Helps Fight Ebola Crisis
To help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Acme United (ACU – $17.29) donated 150,000 disposable respirator masks, worth about $500,000, to the non-profit organization MAP International.
Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO of Acme, said, “We are very fortunate to be able to help the humanitarian efforts, and I’m delighted to announce this donation.”
The key to containing Ebola is having enough medical supplies. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Africa at the moment, where the affected countries have a shortage of medical staff and goods to treat the patients. As a result, the disease continues to spread.
Exactly for that reason the chance of Ebola becoming a pandemic in the Western world is minimal. However, it does mean that countries and cities in North America and Europe need to prepare themselves in case they’re confronted with infected people coming from Africa.
This is where Acme’s first aid brand Pac-Kit can be very helpful, because it assembles its first aid kits in the United States. So medical supplies such as face masks, gloves, isolation gowns, eye and face shields, and clean up wipes, don’t have to come from overseas, but can be delivered rapidly.
So we wouldn’t be surprised if cities in the United States and Europe are contacting Acme at this very moment for price quotes. As a matter of fact, Pac-Kit already has many custom disaster and spill clean-up kits available.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The disease in not yet under control in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases are considered to be contained, with no further spread in these countries.
MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in the world’s poorest communities. With an extensive global procurement and logistics network, MAP International is able to get hundreds of millions of dollars worth of vital medicines and critical supplies into the hands of health professionals serving people in need.
By increasing access to these resources, MAP prevents illness, treats disease and improves the health of children and their families. The organization serves 30 million people annually in over 115 countries. During this Ebola crisis, MAP is providing infectious disease protection suits and supplies to protect those treating the infected.
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