Logo

 

Banner Image:   Baptist-Times-banner-2000x370-
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet

Church fights back against Ebola

Church leaders in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone and Liberia are playing a vital role in helping people to stay safe, says Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

Washing hands Ebola300Tearfund partners have found that church leaders are widely trusted and are able to use church services and other gatherings to help people understand how to stop the spread of Ebola.

‘Everybody is afraid,’ says Patricia Conteh, Tearfund’s projects officer in Sierra Leone. ‘The rate of infection increases every day and there is now very minimal interaction.  We don't hug, we don't shake hands, we don't have contact.’   

‘The church is strategically placed to help because people take what the pastor says and act on it,’ she continued. ‘The church has a big big role in this fight.  The church needs to keep being proactive.’

Tearfund’s partner the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL) has used its network of more than 1,000 churches to inform people about prevention measures.  With many public gatherings banned, churches are among the few locations where people can learn about Ebola.

Rev Jonathan Titus-Williams, General Secretary of EFSL, said, ‘People are responding positively to the work these pastors are doing, as in most communities in this country people have trust and respect for religious leaders.’

Tearfund calculates that through the church’s work in Sierra Leone 350,000 people have already learnt about Ebola and measures to prevent it. Tearfund has supplied churches with demonstration hygiene kits, comprising hand sanitisers, soap and chlorine, and a further 2,600 kits have been distributed to families. With the Ebola virus proving weak outside the human body, good hygiene can play a crucial role in stopping its spread.

Similar awareness-raising work is being done in neighbouring Liberia by Tearfund’s partner the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia and in Mali by partner Association Protestante de la Santé au Mali (APSM).
 

Picture: Will Boase/Tearfund


 

Baptist Times, 28/10/2014
    Post     Tweet
The charity Dnipro Hope Mission (DHM) works with church partners in Eastern Ukraine - and wants to highlight the different ways people are using their gifts in the war
ukrainecrisis
“Huge initiatives of practical help, prayer… and homecooked pies”
ukrainecrisis
Baptists in Ukraine continue to respond to the war in their country 'with compassion and open hearts', according to the European Baptist Federation (EBF)
ukrainecrisis
The Racial Justice Advocacy Forum calls for coverage, prayer and action for Black and Brown peoples facing racial discrimination amidst the invasion of Ukraine
ukrainecrisis
Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch an invasion of Ukraine has been met with widespread condemnation and sorrow, as well as renewed calls for prayer
ukrainecrisis
Baptists in both Ukraine and Russia are fervently praying into the increasingly tense situation on their borders – and Baptists around the world have been encouraged to do likewise.
ukrainecrisis
     Latest News 
    Posted: 01/10/2021
    Posted: 08/05/2020
    Posted: 06/05/2020
    Posted: 11/12/2019
    Posted: 28/11/2019
    Posted: 04/10/2019
    Posted: 10/06/2019
    Posted: 26/04/2019
    Posted: 24/04/2019
    Posted: 28/03/2019