How World Relief is Fighting Ebola in the Congo With the Help of 300 Churches

School children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo being educated about Ebola. | World Relief DR Congo

The Christian humanitarian group World Relief is working with around 300 churches to battle the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The churches are based in North Kivu, as well as Djugu territory and Ituri Province, according to Charles Franzen, director of humanitarian and disaster response at World Relief.

In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, Franzen explained that the work involves establishing handwashing stations at many of the congregations and holding meetings centered on advocacy and awareness.

“Through sermons and training with leadership councils and committees in the churches, Ebola messages are being spread across congregations,” said Franzen.

Franzen also told CP that recent cases of Ebola have been showing up in North Kivu and Ituri Province, with him describing the on-the-ground situation as “very difficult.”

“Almost 1,800 people have died, more than 2,500 infected but the major problem in halting this 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,” Franzen explained.

“After that, these contacts will be closely examined and kept in quarantine until they are either out of danger or they begin to exhibit symptoms of the disease which is then treated.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski