Hyundai Motor Group announced that it will donate 21 Starex-based ambulances to the United Nations (UN) in support of the Global Ebola Response activities in West Africa, particularly in Liberia.
The vehicles will be equipped with:
- Oxygen tanks
- Medical kits
These vehicles will be will be delivered to the Liberian government through the UN to support medical activities.
Kwang Guk Lee, the Senior Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company said, "We hope our efforts will contribute to the global fight against this deadly virus. Our hearts go out to the victims of Ebola and their families."
The fatal Ebola virus, which broke out in Guinea last year, is currently spreading rapidly over many West African countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal, with some cases in the United States and Spain as well.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 7,645 deaths occurred out of the 19,648 reported cases.
Hyundai Motor Company, which leads the Hyundai Motor Group, has been active in creating jobs and providing educational opportunities in many underdeveloped regions including Africa.
The South Korean carmaker opened a ‘Hyundai-KOICA Dream Center,' in 2013, which is part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, in Ghana.
The Hyundai-KOICA Dream Center is a government-approved high school, which Hyundai established in collaboration with KOICA, a Korean government agency, and Plan Korea, a branch of one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations, Plan International.