Innovative student project assisting Ebola battle University of Tasmania January 21, 2015 Featured, UTAS The West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are currently battling to contain the further spread of Ebola, which has already had more than 20000 confirmed cases and more than 7000 confirmed deaths. There have been several reports from NGO officials from organisations working on the ground in West African nations riddled with Ebola saying they desperately lack medical items, food supplies and beds. Three University of Tasmania students, Lincoln Williams, Hamish Cowie and Alexander Stephens,have taken the initiative to render support and help alleviate this dire situation. The three students run a Tasmanian-based social enterprise called Improve Design Supply, which has begun a collaboration with a Sierra Leonean focused charity organisation Stand4Salone to launch a campaign called Beds 4 Ebola. The collaboration formed when the Improve Design Supply team saw a national call to action from Stand4Salones Tasmanian coordinator and University of Tasmania graduate Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai who directed the student to Ansumana Koroma. Mr Lahai is a former refugee from Sierra Leone who has now settled in Australia. A towering effort from Stand4Salone has helped to collect two shipping containers full of donated protective and medical items worth more than AUS $400,000.00 to the Sierra Leone government. Since these two groups collaborated, more than $1m worth of donated medical items and food aid have already been donated to Stand4Salone, which is in need of immediate shipping. Improve Design Supply and Stand4Salone are in the next stage of their venture, and they need to raise the rest of the $30000 to fly or ship the supplies to Sierra Leone. To find out how you can assist in sending the $1m worth of medical and food supplies from Sydney to Sierra Leone, please visit: www.beds4ebola.com. For those interested in entrepreneurship , the University of Tasmania provides people with the opportunity to develop their skills in this area at undergraduate, graduate and research levels through The School of Business and Economics. It also has an Australian innovation Research Centre. For more information about studying entrepreneurship enquire now!