RPA Announces Ebola Survival Fund

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

RPA is partnering with a coalition of NGOs and actor Jeffrey Wright as part of a new grantmaking collaborative, the Ebola Survival Fund. Working in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the fund is responding to the immediate needs resulting from the outbreak, as well as working to strengthen the region’s health-care delivery infrastructure.

Troubled by the U.S. public and media response to the Ebola outbreak, actor Jeffrey Wright established the Ebola Survival Fund with RPA as a way to change the narrative of what the outbreak represents and to provide the public with a way to respond with funding that meets immediate needs and invests in long-term solutions. Wright has stated in recent media appearances that he wants Americans to recognize that while the infection is caused by a virus, the outbreak is the result of the absence of viable health-care delivery systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The fund was launched with a public service announcement (PSA) starring celebrities with ties to Africa and everyday Africans who survived ebola.

The coalition members are Partners in Health, Wellbody Alliance, Last Mile Health, Gbowee Foundation, BRAC and Shine On, Sierra Leone, and the fund’s lead advisors are Jeffrey Wright and Anisa Costa, Executive Director of the Tiffany and Co. Foundation. The coalition organizations have short-term emergency plans that require immediate funding as well as forward-looking plans to build long-term health delivery systems and stronger community organizations. They provide valuable input to shape the grantmaking fund’s strategy and will continue to inform the fund advisors moving forward.

For more information, visit ebolasurvivalfund.org.