Imperial Tobacco says that it is giving health workers a further £57,000 to help them tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The money will be used to provide items such as protective clothing, disinfectant equipment and observation rooms in Mali.
The current Ebola outbreak has resulted in the deaths of almost 7,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and it has now spread to neighbouring Mali.
The non-profit organization, the Altadis Foundation, is sending the funds to the region after a request from Imperial’s subsidiary in Mali, SONATAM.
Taking into account the £7,000 – £1,300 of which was raised by Imperial’s head office employees – donated before Christmas, the company has now provided £64,000 to help tackle the Ebola virus.
“This outbreak has claimed thousands of victims across West Africa and we wish to show our fullest support for those involved in Mali,” said Ines Cassin, general manager of the foundation.