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U.S. Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program

Beginning at the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we have partnered with the U.S. State Department to provide ambulances, body transport vehicles, and ruggedized motorcycles crucial to patient and specimen transport to ministries of health and response teams on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Mali.

The Mérieux Foundation USA’s project funded by US State Department’s Biosecurity Engagement Program worked to ensure the safety of patients, healthcare workers, and epidemiologists and the security of contaminated material during transport, thus mitigating the risk of unlawful acquisition of infectious agent, and to prevent further transmission through effective isolation. The Mérieux Foundation USA provided specially outfitted ambulances, body transport vehicles, and ruggedized motorcycles to response teams on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Mali, with vehicle modifications to ensure isolation and prevention of further transmission. The Mérieux Foundation USA also provided support for the long-term, sustainable integration of these vehicles into the public health systems of the affected West African countries in order to enhance response capabilities in the event of future outbreaks, whether they be of Ebola virus or another emerging pathogen.

The Mérieux Foundation USA partners have extensive experience working on highly infectious diseases and in disease outbreak settings in West Africa, and we were therefore able to leverage an extensive network of in-country contacts to facilitate procurement, outfitting, and deployment of the vehicles.

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