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Partnership with European NGOs Gives Georgia NGO Leverage In Ebola Crisis as Fears Arise of Mutation

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MAP International Partners to Provide Additional Relief to Liberia

Atlanta (February 2nd, 2015) – MAP International, a global Christian humanitarian relief agency based in Georgia has been working for the past 11 months to contain and stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

In March, MAP International launched an emergency response to support its teams and partners in West Africa following the rapidly moving Ebola outbreak. To date, officials are reporting nearly 9,000 deaths in West Africa due to this horrific virus. MAP International has now provided over 33,000 Personal Protective Suits (PPE’s) and over $16 million in essential medicines and supplies to fight this outbreak. Due to recent reports that the virus is potentially mutating into a more contagious but less deadly virus, MAP is prepositioning itself with its partners to provide what’s needed to contain the virus.

Partnering with world glass NGOs like Tearfund Belgium and Tearfund Netherlands gives MAP the ability to increase the supply of medicines, supplies and protective gear. Protective suits and gear are vital in ending this outbreak. Currently this partnership has provided over $40,000 in additional funding, which will provide an estimated $2 million in aid to those in most need. MAP works strategically with its partners provide relief in disaster and outbreak situations.

“We must act now if we wish to eliminate this deadly virus” says Zeela Zaizay, MAP Liberia Project Officer “The virus is continuing to spread and this partnership with Tearfund gives us the opportunity to provide additional aid and control the outbreak.”

MAP International, Tearfund Belgium and Tearfund Netherlands are all part of the Integral Alliance, a global alliance of 20 Christian relief and development agencies, working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide. Integral's goal is to see holistic transformation for more poor people, through providing collaborative opportunities for its Members in the areas of Disaster Management and Collaboration and Innovation. Integral Members work in 80 countries, across 40 sectors, work through over 650 partners and have a joint annual turnover of over US$663 million.

MAP is still in need of financial support to assist with the rapid delivery of these critically needed supplies. You can support MAP’s efforts to fight this Ebola outbreak in West Africa by going to www.map.org/ebola.

About MAP International

MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and build healthier families and communities. Known for its 99% efficiency rating, MAP provides medicines, prevents disease and promotes health to create real hope and lasting change. The organization operates through offices in the United States, Ecuador, Bolivia, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya and through partnerships in more than 100 countries every year. www.map.org

About Tearfund Belgium

Tearfund is a Belgian registered Christian relief and development agency, working particularly to improve the living standards of vulnerable and marginalized people in some of the world’s poorest and distressed countries. Their mission is combating poverty and injustice, so that each person may experience life as a blessing. www.tearfund.be

About Tearfund Netherlands

Tearfund Netherlands supports churches in the struggle against poverty and injustice, in order to bring transformation to people’s lives around the world. Tear’s partners work with the most vulnerable people in their communities, helping them to become more empowered, without distinction on grounds of ethnic origin, religion, gender or political conviction. www.tearnetherlands.nl

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CONTACT:

Katie Pace, Public Content Specialist

828.329.2988 kpace@map.org