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Google has launched a campaign to help fight the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, currently plaguing West African countries including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

The company announced Nov. 10 that it will donate $2 for every dollar donated by the public. Google has already contributed $10 million to support non-profit organizations that are working to contain the disease.

In a recent blog post, Google CEO Larry Page said organizations benefitting from the funds would be InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, NetHope, Medicins San Frontieres, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Partners in Health.

“These organizations are doing remarkable work in very difficult circumstances to help contain this outbreak, and we hope our contribution will help them have an even greater impact,” Page wrote.


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In addition, Page said he himself will donate $15 million through his family foundation.

The company’s announcement came a few weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the same cause. Facebook also launched a temporary donation button located at the top of users’ newsfeeds allowing them to donate to the cause.

The World Health Organization recently announced that the Ebola outbreak has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in West Africa.