The IKEA Foundation has given €5 million to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to fight the Ebola virus outbreak that is affecting people in West Africa. This is the largest single emergency donation made by the Foundation.
It is designed to help support the medical relief efforts for the rest of this year and into 2015.
The Foundation has previously supported MSF’s work providing medical treatment to refugees from Syria and the Central African Republic.
Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, said:
“Our wish is that other private-sector partners will step up and fund programmes that will not only save lives and fight the spread of Ebola but also help in other emergency situations that get less media coverage. This crisis, like others, will not go away quickly — and for those who have lost loved ones, the pain will last forever. That’s why organisations like MSF need long-term support from partners like the IKEA Foundation.”