The Western World sat up and paid attention when two medical missionaries contracted Ebola in Liberia over this past summer. The World Health Organization expects that the death toll from this, the deadliest outbreak since Ebola was first discovered in 1976, will climb above 4,500 in West Africa in the near future. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the most seriously affected countries, have weak health care systems and lack human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability.
Seventy percent of health care in Africa has been provided by faith-based groups (Christianity Today, October 2014, pg. 17). This overwhelming epidemic is stretching the resources of these organizations beyond what currently is possible to handle.
FAIR (Fellowship Aid and International Relief) is partnering with Serving in Mission (SIM) Canada to help supply medical equipment and supplies to a hospital in Liberia that finds itself on the front lines of the epidemic. Since the first days of the outbreak, SIM's ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital has been in the vanguard of the fight to treat patients suffering from the disease and to prevent its spread. The response to this epidemic has depleted many of the hospital's supplies and left several areas of the hospital in need of restoration. Personal protective equipment (PPE),medicine, medical supplies, and linens are immediate needs. The Ebola outbreak, as well as rising inflation in Liberia, has placed a tremendous strain on the hospital's finances.
Serving In Mission’s goal is to raise $418,115:
· $15 per day to supply one patient with additional medication and supplies.
· $50 to provide enough personal protective equipment for 4 deliveries or 2 surgeries.
· $60 per day to provide the full staff for an outpatient pediatric and chronic disease clinic.
· $100 per month to provide an aid to assist with children's vaccinations.
· $200 per month to cover utility costs for every 5 beds in the Ebola Treatment Unit.
We know that Ebola is not a “West African problem.” It has become a global menace and you can help bring it to an end through FAIR.
Financial donations designated, “FAIR Ebola Crisis-3221” can be forwarded to FAIR, Box 457, Guelph ON, NIH 6K9, or they can be given via our secure online website: www.fellowship.ca/Ebolacrisis. from: Van Heaton
The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada
PO Box 457 Guelph ON N1H 6K9 www.fellowship.ca