Bayer increases its donations of medications for ebola patients to a total value of more than EUR 3.7 million
New donation to “action medeor” of antibiotics worth EUR 1.15 million / Combating life-threatening bacterial secondary infections in people in Liberia and Sierra Leone / Additional cash donation of EUR 50,000 for protective clothing
Bayer is expanding its aid donations for ebola patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The company is supplementing its previous donation of medications with a further delivery of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin to a value of EUR 1.15 million. This medication does not treat the ebola infection itself, but can be used for life-threatening secondary bacterial infections. Distribution to two clinics in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, and health centers in the surrounding area will be carried out through “action medeor – Das Medikamentenhilfswerk,” the largest Germany-based aid organization specializing in medicines. Bayer has already donated ciprofloxacin in various dosages and modes of administration to a value of approximately EUR 2.57 million to treat patients infected with the ebola virus free of charge in Sierra Leone and Liberia through the American organization “Direct Relief.” This donation of medication for treating African ebola patients with a total value of over EUR 3.7 million is one of the largest in Bayer’s history.
“We are again increasing our commitment to helping the people affected and making our contribution to stemming the spread of the ebola epidemic,” says Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG. “With this donation, we are fulfilling our corporate social responsibility as a global health company.” The antibiotic ciprofloxacin can be used to treat bacterial secondary infections in patients weakened by ebola.
The company is also giving EUR 50,000 to “action medeor” to help finance the purchase of the protective clothing needed in two isolation wards that were set up in Monrovia at the end of October 2014. Bayer has also already donated EUR 25,000 to Caritas international for purchasing and distributing hand sanitizer in Liberia as a preventive measure.
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