The Dangote Foundation and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) have donated $3 million and $1 million respectively to a fund established by African business leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to contain the dreaded Ebola virus in West Africa.
This is in addition to previous interventions in Nigeria where the Foundation owned by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, spent about $5 million to evolve a two-pronged strategy that directly supported the Nigerian government’s Ebola containment efforts, through investments that strengthened Nigeria’s health system in a manner that would endure beyond the current Ebola crisis.
The president, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, made the pledge on behalf of the Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a meeting with some AU business leaders.
According to a statement released by Dangote Foundation yesterday, the AU Ebola Fund was set up in response to the African Union chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s call for $30 million from Africa’s private sector to support the efforts of the AU in containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Also announcing UBA’s donation, chairman of the bank, Mr Tony O. Elumelu, said the $1million was to assist the fight against Ebola currently present in three West African countries where UBA does business: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
He said the donation would be distributed through the UBA Foundation, UBA’s corporate social responsibility arm, and shared equally among the three affected West African countries while the remaining $100,000 is to be contributed to the African Union Support Mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), initiated by the African Union chair, Dr Zuma.