DALLAS MediSend International, a Dallas based nonprofit that distributes medical supplies, is now focusing its attention on West Africa the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.
Nick Hallack, CEO of MediSend International, says care for Ebola patients requires specialized hazmat equipment along with basic medical supplies items many hospitals in developing countries are lacking.
'They were already under very stressed conditions,' Hallack said. 'What we're trying to do is give them some strengthening, some reinforcement for supplies they already exhausted a long time ago.'
Helping to prepare the shipments is Mark Luke, of Liberia. Luke came to the United States a week ago. He's working towards a certificate in biochemical engineering through MediSend's Global Education Center.
Luke says his native country is facing its first ever Ebola outbreak. He works as a respiratory therapist at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia. When he left just a week ago, the hospital had as many as 52 confirmed patients quarantined in a specialized camp.
'When people heard about Ebola first in Liberia they couldn't believe it,' he said. 'They thought it was some rumors. But, when people start to die, everybody got panicked and didn't know what to do.'
Soon, he hopes to start preparing shipments of supplies to his native country.
'This is the worst since I have been working in the hospital for like 12 years now,' Luke said. 'This is the worst I have ever come across, worst than even HIV, than even cancer.'
He says he has hope supplies will help and that other countries won't see the same level of infection he has seen.