August 08, 2014

Alcoa Foundation awards $80,000 to CDC Foundation to Support Healthcare Efforts in Guinea

The CDC Foundation has received an $80,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation to help support a portion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) response to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.  The CDC will use the funding to enhance outbreak response capabilities in Guinea to help reduce transmission of the Ebola disease by providing the following:

  • Support for communication and outreach programs to educate the public and healthcare workers in Guinea on how to reduce their risk of exposure; and 
  •  Resources to facilitate case identification; tracking of the chain of transmission; and prevention of further spread of the disease.

“We are very appreciative of this grant from Alcoa Foundation, as it will help the CDC in its real-time response to the current outbreak, while also aiding disease surveillance and response going forward,” said Charles Stokes, CDC Foundation president and CEO. The CDC Foundation helps the CDC forge public-private partnerships to support CDC’s 24/7 work to save lives and protect people from health and safety threats.
In partnership with local and international nonprofit organizations, Alcoa Foundation has supported community development initiatives in Guinea to address community needs since 2001.  Projects focus on improving healthcare, education, environmental sustainability and conservation, gender diversity, and capacity building.
“Alcoa Foundation invests in programs that help improve the quality of life in Guinea,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation.  “During this critical time, people need information and they need timely medical care.  This grant provides support for healthcare awareness campaigns that are much-needed to help address the spread of this outbreak.”
Alcoa Foundation’s previous support for healthcare initiatives in Guinea includes those that develop local capacity to respond to malaria, improve public sanitation, and promote understanding of women’s health issues. 
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470 million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.