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EBOLA prevention efforts in Sierra Leone have been given a £28,000 (€35,000) boost by CBRE, the global real estate services and investment firm.
CBRE has made the donation to children’s charity Plan International, which is working on the ground to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
There have been nearly 700 confirmed Ebola cases in Sierra Leone with at least 254 deaths.
Plan is working with the government to protect vulnerable children during the emergency, including creating a shelter for those affected by Ebola.
It is also installing hundreds of hand-washing points and is teaching communities how to prevent further spread.
“The funding from CBRE will help us towards achieving Plan’s commitment to protect children and their families during this emergency,” says Augustine Allieu, Plan’s Country Director in Sierra Leone.
“The issue of child protection is important, as this Ebola outbreak has seen children orphaned and many traumatised by what has happened.
“Plan is working closely with the government and national stakeholders to raise awareness. Everyone must be vigilant to ensure the disease does not spread,” adds Mr Allieu.
CBRE’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business has already invested in Plan International’s work in Sierra Leone, as the lead corporate partner in a multi-million pound education programme, working alongside the UK government. The project will benefit 135,000 children.
Michael Strong, Executive Chairman of CBRE in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says: “This crisis affects millions of people, and has a major impact on children in Sierra Leone, which is the epicentre of the crisis.
“I hope our combined efforts and response to this outbreak will have even greater meaning, given the focus of our partnership with Plan International, which is enabling thousands of children, particularly girls, to go to school.”
For more information on Plan’s work or to make a donation call 0800 526 848 or visit www.plan-uk.org