Crisis in West Africa: Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Deadly Ebola Outbreak
International relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is responding to what is being called the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years. In the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there have been at least 157 reported cases with 96 Ebola-related deaths. Ebola is one of the most lethal viruses known to humans. Currently there is no cure or vaccine.
Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with the Government of Liberia’s Ministry of Health to contain the outbreak. Liberia established a high-level “National Task Force” to lead their efforts in the response, naming Samaritan’s Purse as a response partner along with other agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Lofa County and the capital city of Monrovia, Samaritan’s Purse is working to prevent spread of the deadly disease by conducting public education and awareness campaigns. The organization is also providing emergency medical supplies to its partner, ELWA Hospital located just outside of Monrovia, and transporting medical response personnel and critically needed medical supplies to various parts of the country with an airplane and helicopter.
“This is a very serious situation that could become even more critical in the coming days,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “Our team in Liberia is committed to doing all we can to share God’s love with Liberian people by providing medical support and other relief.”
Samaritan’s Purse has been working in Liberia since 2003, when the country’s civil war came to an end. The organization has helped tens of thousands of Liberians recover through clean water and hygiene programs, care for HIV/AIDS orphans, nutrition feeding, latrine and hospital construction, farming and care for victims of gender-based violence. Samaritan’s Purse has 35 ongoing projects in six counties in the country, employing more than 300 Liberians.
- Speak with Ken Isaacs, Samaritan’s Purse vice president of programs and government relations
- Interview Gen. Jim Walker, Samaritan’s Purse deputy director of international projects
Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, based in Boone, North Carolina, that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org.