TOMI™ ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, INC. AWARDED GRANT IN THE FIGHTING EBOLA: A GRAND CHALLENGE FOR DEVELOPMENT BY THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
SteraMist Mobile Decontamination Chambers, one of 15 proposals selected for an award by the U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”), in the global fight to eradicate Ebola and strengthen local healthcare systems.
In response to this epidemic, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) issued Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Ebola Grand Challenge seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing, competition, and partnerships to identify breakthrough innovation that addresses specific barriers faced by health care workers to combat the current Ebola epidemic and better prepare the world for future outbreaks.
The Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge for Development is supporting 15 innovations identified for their potential to reinforce the response to current and future Ebola outbreaks. Selected from a pool of over 1,500 ideas through a rapid, rigorous review by U.S. Government experts and international partners, these ideas address a broad range of gaps in our near-term and long-term global response capacity. The first group of award nominees, announced in December 2014, focused on increasing the protection and comfort of health care workers battling Ebola. Building off this initial set, the second wave, announced in February 2015, includes innovations from improved health care worker tools, to rapidly deployable care settings and fresh community education approaches critical for the final stages of the outbreak response, and cutting-edge health information technology solutions that enhance the current response and provide a bridge toward longer-term recovery. Together, these innovations will work to strengthen Ebola-affected communities and health care systems, establishing a foundation for resilience.