Ikea donates millions to Ebola fight

Ikea donates millions to Ebola fight

Ikea donates millions to Ebola fightSwedish retailer Ikea has sent 45m kronor (US$6.2m) to aid group Doctors Without Borders to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

The figure becomes the largest amount ever donated to the French-founded group, which has around 2,000 workers deployed in West Africa. The donation is likely to go towards funding Doctors Without Borders’ work until the end of 2015.

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 3,000 people have died from Ebola since the virus first broke out in March.

Around 80 per cent of the aid organisation’s funding comes from private donors, but Ikea has urged more global names to play their part. Per Heggenes, the CEO of the Ikea Foundation, the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, said they hope that now more private donors will follow suit.

He went on to say that the crisis is not going to disappear quickly nor will the pain people have suffered from losing their loved ones, which is why groups such as Doctors Without Borders must receive long-term help from partners such as the Ikea Foundation.

WHO states that the fatality rate of Ebola is as high as 90 per cent, but figures recorded during this outbreak show that 47 per cent of sufferers have survived. The virus is passed on by direct contact with body fluids and blood.