The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic a “worldwide health emergency.” The virus, which started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, has now spread to Nigeria. It is being reported that more than 1,770 people have been infected with the Ebola virus, with approximately 961 having died as a result.
Lutheran Disaster Response, in partnership with Global Health Ministries and the Lutheran Church in Liberia, assisted in theshipment of personal protective equipment to Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia. The personal protective equipment, which consists of hazmat suits with hoods and boots and disinfectant, is scheduled to arrive at Roberts International Airport in Liberia on Saturday, Aug. 9.
(Pictured: Shipment of personal protective equipment being sent to Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.)
We continue to gather information from our partners and our global companion churches in West Africa as we earnestly pray for healing and relief from this deadly virus. We will walk with our brothers and sisters who are facing the risks of the Ebola virus as we add our efforts to the international community that is working to contain the virus.
If you would like to support Lutheran Disaster Response’s work in providing assistance against the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, please visit the Lutheran Disaster Response giving page.