Sorensen Legacy Foundation donates to Ebola relief groups in Africa

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation has donated $1.5 million to three aid groups in the fight against Ebola. | Sorenson Legacy Foundation

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation said Wednesday that it had granted a total of $1.5 million to three international health organizations to help fight the Ebola virus.

Samaritan's Purse, Doctors Without Borders and International Medical Corps all received funding to help combat the virus in West Africa.

Dale Harris, a Sorenson Legacy Foundation board member, said the organization wanted to help after it learned of the Ebola epidemic in the affected countries.

“As a medical professional, I understand how crucial having the right resources is to providing medical care,” Harris said. “When we saw the opportunity to make this happen in the fight against Ebola, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation was thrilled to get involved.”

Doctors Without Borders has 3,900 staff working in Sierra Leone, Mali, Guinea and Liberia, and has used the fund to continue its response efforts. The organization has sent out more than 1,400 tons of supplies to the countries, and has hired more than 3,600 local staff in the region.

The International Medical Corps is operating four Ebola treatment centers and caring for about 1.5 million people. The organization also has set up two training centers that have trained nearly 3,500 health care workers in how to treat Ebola patients.

Samaritan's Purse has focused its efforts on Liberia and has raised awareness in the country to educate people on the misconceptions about Ebola. The organization is also handing out infection prevention and control kits to help stem the spread of the virus.

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation, based in Salt Lake City, is a nonprofit corporation that promotes religious, educational, charitable, scientific and literary causes.