Ebola Response Appeal from the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America

The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) is planning a third airlift of equipment in response to Sierra Leone’s plea for help with battling widespread and intense transmission of Ebola.

Currently, Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation urgently requires medication, rubber gloves, aprons, goggles or face shields, surgical or high filtration masks, leg covers, and shoe covers, amongst other items.

Three months ago, NOSLINA airlifted materials to combat the Ebola virus. The initiative — which involved delivery of more than 4,750 pounds of cargo, followed calls from diplomatic representation led by Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens in Washington D.C.

The items were transported to Sierra Leone from the United States through coordination of Airlink, a 24/7 disaster response organization that links vetted charities such as NOSLINA with airlines for air and cargo transportation, and with global logistics companies. The aircraft arrived at Freetown-Lungi International Airport, an international airport located in the coastal town of Lungi, Sierra Leone, at the end of August. NOSLINA's second airlift landed on October 30.

"When items arrive in Sierra Leone they are taken to the main medical supply unit along with others donated from around the world, tallied against our packing list and distributed nationally," says Suna Nallo, executive director for NOSLINA. "We closely track our donations and receive confirmations from several entities 'on the ground' of the donations that Noslina sends to FNA [Freetown-Lungi International Airport]. In fact, so 'tight' is our process that we have been approached by international, non USA organizations for assistance," Nallo assures.

For more information on how you can help NOSLINA's third airlift scheduled to arrive December, please view the list from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and see details below.



The media release is as follows:


CALL FOR DONATIONS

The Embassy of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA), has identified a source for the air shipment of Ebola relief related materials and equipment to Sierra Leone at no cost*. The tentative air shipment date from the United States to Sierra Leone is December 2014.

This opportunity is open to all persons/organizations who want to send Ebola relief donations to Sierra Leone, as long as they meet the following minimum criteria:

All items must be received by the Embassy of Sierra Leone or NOSLINA no later than November 28, 2014

Only items specified on the official Ministry of Health and Sanitation/WHO list of urgently needed items will be accepted

All donations will be consigned to the Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, as well as the Director General and Ambassador-At- Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (also, NOSLINA will closely track shipped items)

*Donors should be prepared to incur a nominal packing/freight-forwarding fee which equals $1.43 per kilo ($1.43 for every 2.2 pounds). (Example: a 500 pound pallet may cost $286.00)
For donors who are facing hardships with regard to the transporting of their donations to the Embassy, special pricing negotiations may be available through ground transport supporters.

Ms. Suna Nallo, executive director of NOSLINA, is the primary point of contact for this initiative
NOTE: there is no charge to donors for the flight

To make use of this opportunity please contact the following:

Ms Suna Nallo
Executive Director
Organization: National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America  (NOSLINA)
Mobile No. 410-412-4311
Email: NOSLINA2011@aol.com

Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh
Deputy Head of Mission
Embassy of Sierra Leone
1701 19 Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tel:  (cell) -202 560 0792: Office - 202 232-4095

Ms.Fatmata Dao
Second Secretary
Embassy of Sierra Leone
1701 19 Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
(cell) -202 290 4445: Office - 202 939 9268

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