Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Donates $25 Million to Fight Ebola Outbreak

The social media billionaire is giving to the Center for Disease Control

Last Updated: October 14, 2014 @ 9:43 AM

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they are donating $25 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

The Facebook co-founder and CEO posted about his contribution on his personal page, saying: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.”

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Zuckerberg’s money will be used by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response effort in several West African countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.”

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Zuckerberg’s grant comes after Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donated $9 million in September.

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full post about his donation below: