is a global network of national and regional trade associations and their member companies representing the chlorine and chlorinated products industries.
In the summer of 2014, as the West African Ebola crisis intensified, the American Chemistry Council contacted the humanitarian organization World Vision to offer a shipment of donated chlorine bleach disinfectant to help control the disease outbreak in West Africa.
Chlorine bleach is a critical ally in the fight against Ebola. The Ebola virus can live on inanimate surfaces, especially those that are soiled with blood or other bodily fluids from infected people. To help prevent the spread of infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends Ebola virus-contaminated surfaces or objects be cleaned and disinfected as quickly as possible with a solution of 5,000 parts per million free chlorine.
In September, World Vision responded to ACC’s offer by coordinating a humanitarian airlift of essential supplies from the US to Sierra Leone, where the need was particularly great. Along with other necessary supplies, thousands of gallons of donated concentrated chlorine bleach were loaded into the cargo hold of an airplane for the journey across the Atlantic. The chlorine bleach was donated by Olin Corporation; domestic transportation services for bleach were donated by CSX, the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad and the American Chemistry Council; bleach bottling services were donated by The James Austin Company.
The American Chemistry Council is honored to have worked with World Vision and others to assist with this important humanitarian mission.