Ansell donates products to equip relief workers in typhoon-battered Phillipines
More than 2.4 million gloves are on their way to the Philippines thanks to the Iselin-based Ansell Healthcare LLC.
According to an announcement on Tuesday, Ansell is donating medical and industrial products from facilities throughout its global operations to the non-profit medical assistance organization Direct Relief
in response to the Hayian Typhoon disaster, including 1.7 million exam gloves and 680,000 surgical and industrial gloves for use in recovery and rebuilding efforts.
"Ansell's extraordinary steps to source rapidly and provide surgical, exam and industrial gloves in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's destruction have been amazing and critically important," said Thomas Tighe, president and chief executive officer at Direct Relief. "Gloves are essential items for patient care and infection control in the health emergency caused by Typhoon Haiyan."
Direct Relief is working closely with the Philippines Department of Health Provincial Health Offices in the regions in the Visayas, the region of the Philippines most heavily impacted by the typhoon.
Over 120 health care facilities have been set up by Direct Relief to determine the most effective way to respond to local medical needs and structural damage. The non-profit is also supporting medical teams throughout the Visayas, many of whom are not only administering health services but are also helping families rebuild.
Ansell, an Australian company that manufactures protective and medical gloves and other rubber materials, operates 52 facilities in 35 countries and has a net worth of $2.74 billion. Ansell has responded to other major disasters in the past, including Hurricane Katrina, the fires in Australia, and the tsunami in Southeast Asia and will continue to work with Direct Relief through the course of this effort as the region continues rebuilding and returns to a level of normalcy.
"We are proud to partner with Direct Relief in responding to the needs of those affected by this natural disaster in the Philippines," said Magnus Nicolin, Ansell managing director and chief executive. "It is our hope that these Ansell products will be instrumental in facilitating measurable progress in the recovery effort for the healthcare sector, as well as in rebuilding of the Philippines communities."