Ebola Virus Outbreak
Global health experts have declared the current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency. The epidemic is growing and impacting large numbers of people. As of 19 August 2014, there are 2240 suspected and confirmed cases in the region. There are 1229 suspected deaths. Liberia has the largest numbers of suspected deaths of any of the four affected countries – 466 out of 834 suspected and confirmed cases.
The devastating nature of the disease has overwhelmed the fragile health care systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf instituted a 90-day state of emergency designed to give the government time to establish measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Some airlines have suspended flights to Liberia, and fear and uncertainty are fertile ground for misinformation and rumors.
The 90-day state of emergency has resulted in a number of businesses not being able to function and movement in some areas being suspended. The health crisis is evolving into a financial and food crisis. Limited supplies are causing prices to rise, and the inability of some people to earn money is amplifying the hardships being faced in the country.
Beyond this health and humanitarian crisis in Liberia and West Africa, world attention is divided among war in Gaza, US military action in Iraq, ongoing civil war in Syria, and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. With these tragedies and more, our sisters and brothers impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak remain desperately in need of financial support to help them relieve some pain until the outbreak is contained.
Lott Carey continues to receive financial donations that will be assist families afflicted and affected by the Ebola virus outbreak through the Lott Carey Mission Schools. Give online today at www.lottcarey.org or forward your contributions to Lott Carey, 220 I Street, NE, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20002. We hope you will make yourself available to be part of the answer to your prayers.