The Democratic Republic of the Congo has felt the bitter sting of the Ebola virus, and with the help of Christian nonprofit World Relief, 300 churches in the country are fighting back.
Director of humanitarian and disaster response at World Relief, Charles Franzen, talked with the Christian Post about the work happening in the Congo to create awareness of the infectious and dangerous virus.
“Through sermons and training with leadership councils and committees in the churches, Ebola messages are being spread across congregations,” Franzen said.
The churches are located in North Kivu, the Djugu territory, and Ituri Province, where the situation is most dire. Franzen shared that nearly 1,800 people have died in the area with more than 2,500 infected.
“…[B]ut the major problem in halting the disease is that medical personnel need to be able to trace every single contact that an infected person has had during his or her infective period,” he said.
People who have been in contact with the disease are put into quarantine until the danger is over or they start to show symptoms, in which case they are then treated.
But not only is finding all of those people difficult, relief workers are also facing disruptions between factions and tribes in the region.
“It is not then easy for us to trace all the known contacts of an infected person ‘behind the lines,’ so to speak because the danger of becoming a casualty is too great,” Franzen explained.
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Source: Christian Headlines