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Joseph Bangura stands behind a barrier in a Freetown, Sierra Leone fish market. Bangura and hundreds of others are under quarantine after a boat with occupants infected with Ebola washed ashore at the market. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Joseph Bangura stands behind a barrier in a Freetown, Sierra Leone fish market. Bangura and hundreds of others are under quarantine after a boat with occupants infected with Ebola washed ashore at the market.

Farmer Safiatu Bockari explains that months of Ebola quarantines in Sierra Leone have depleted seed stores and she worries that there will be a food shortage. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Farmer Safiatu Bockari explains that months of Ebola quarantines in Sierra Leone have depleted seed stores and she worries that there will be a food shortage.

Children play at at orphanage in Kenema, Sierra Leone that was opened during the Ebola epidemic in 2014. There are an estimated 12,000 children orphaned by the virus in West Africa. Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Jill Costello, United Methodist Communications

Children play at at orphanage in Kenema, Sierra Leone that was opened during the Ebola epidemic in 2014. There are an estimated 12,000 children orphaned by the virus in West Africa.

Teens gather in Kpetewoma village, Sierra Leone. Ebola forced the closing of all schools for the 2014 academic year and educators are concerned that students will not return to the classroom when schools reopen. Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications

Teens gather in Kpetewoma village, Sierra Leone. Ebola forced the closing of all schools for the 2014 academic year and educators are concerned that students will not return to the classroom when schools reopen.

Young adults from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference act out skits relating the Ebola virus prevention and treatment in effort to educate.

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Young adults from the Sierra Leone Annual Conference act out skits relating the Ebola virus prevention and treatment in effort to educate.

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The Church Responds to Ebola

The United Methodist Church and its partners have been actively responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since it began in Liberia. In May 2015, the outbreak was declared to be over in LIberia, though a small number of cases continue to be reported. According to the World Health Organization, the deadly virus has claimed more than 11,000 lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

During the crisis, the church's effort involved treatment, prevention, communication and public education. West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries, and the denomination's general agencies have all been part of this joint effort.

UMCOR and its partners are now working to address the long-term effects of the epidemic by strengthening the healthcare capacity in West African.

 
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