Part 5. #AfricaUnitedAgainstEbola

In my last post, I said the following:

“Until there is a medical cure, for those who are sick. And also a vaccine to give those who are not sick, there are really three simple steps to treat, and stop the spread of Ebola:

1. You need trained health care workers, to attend to those who are sick, and try to help them recover.
2. You need to track, and isolate anyone who has come into contact with someone infected with Ebola.
3. Ensure that there are no new infections.”

I now want to focus, my attention on how, you and I can help get more, HealthCare Workers, from Africa to the Ebola stricken countries.

Initially when I first realised the damage Ebola, was going to do, I focused my attention on sending money and materials, to organisations, I knew were rushing to those three countries. I also tried to encourage others to do the same….. But it was not enough.

Then one evening, I received a phone call from the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Zuma. In her soft spoken, but determined voice, she said, “my brother, we need to join our efforts, to fight this Ebola……”

As soon as she got off the phone, I started making preparations to fly immediately to see her:
I cancelled everything, that I was doing!

As many of you, will know, Dr Zuma, is actually a medical doctor, and was Minister of Health of South Africa, under President Nelson Mandela.

For more than three hours, she outlined her strategy to me. Having explained how Ebola infects a person, and how you take care of them, until they can recover. She then said, that we as Africans, can be at the forefront of fighting this disease, if we can mobilise more trained healthcare workers. The African Union already has several hundred there already.

Then she said:
“Every army in Africa, has a medical corps, which has trained and experienced doctors, and nurses; these are people we must send, in greater numbers. We need to wage a war against Ebola, in the same way, that I send African soldiers, as Chair of the African Union, to places like Somalia, and Central African Republic. Its my job.”
She went on to say, that several African governments, had pledged well trained health care workers, but there was no money to deploy them.

“Can you help us to raise money, from business, to send our health care workers?”

…”How many can you send straight away, if we raise the money?”

“We can do about 1000, straight away, and another 2000 can follow within two months.”

Last weekend, we managed to raise nearly $30m, at a meeting of leading business leaders from across Africa, that we organized in Addis Ababa, as a response to this request. By today (Tuesday), that figure had risen to nearly $45m, and will continue to rise.

In the next post, I will outline to you, a plan that will take that figure to well over $200m. This plan can only work, with your support. All you will have to contribute is $1, or equivalent, and also raise the same from at least five friends.

Get ready, for a plan that will sweep the world.

To be continued…

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

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