Ebola Outbreak ResponseThe Situation:
The deadly Ebola virus appeared in the West African country of Guinea early in 2014 and has now spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The disease had been unknown in that region until then. On Aug. 4, the World Health Organization reported at least 1,700 cases with more than 900 deaths, making it the deadliest outbreak of the disease in recorded history.
The disease has no known cure or vaccine. It is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Once the first flu-like symptoms appear, death can occur within three or four days. The fatality rate is close to 90 percent. Quarantine is the only known means of slowing the spread of the disease. The only known treatment is supportive care in strict isolation. Our partners and companion churches have requested our help in containing the outbreak.
Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Operating through our partners and our companion churches, we are:
- Supplying and shipping by air essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.
Thanks to your undesignated gifts, Lutheran Disaster Response is responding now to assist medical professionals affected by the Ebola outbreak. Partnering with Global Health Ministries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia, gifts have been used to provide protective gear for medical workers.
What Can You Do?
Pray for those affected by violence, that they may be granted peace and healing.
Your gifts designated for Ebola Outbreak Response will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted by this crisis. Gifts from people like you allow us to respond to those who are most vulnerable.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
- This bulletin insert can be used in your congregation to spread awareness and raise gifts for our church’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
- Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
- Follow the ELCA News blog to keep up on the latest news about our church’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.