1 October 2014

 

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Statistics from Ministries of Health in the affected countries as of mid-September follow:

 

  • Total Case Count:7157 (USAID)

 

The World Health Organization estimates that 20,000 people may get infected with the virus with a 50% survival rate. It may take six to nine months to contain the outbreak, and it will get worse before it gets better. To join this response effort visit, www.lottcarey.org/disaster-services  

 

Four major areas need to be addressed include:

 

(1) public education about the virus, its means of transmission, and ways to avoid infection;

 

(2) increasing the scale and scope of medical care;

 

(3) addressing food insecurity resulting from financial crisis precipitated by the health crisis; and

 

(4) providing personal hygiene and sanitation supplies.

 

Lott Carey is collaborating with a number of communities to offer support to people that are infected and affected by the deadly virus. For more information, contact, Rev. Dawn M. Sanders, Director of Missional Programs, dsanders@lottcarey.org or 202.543.3200 ext. 13.

 

Support our sisters and brothers who are impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa today.

 

20 August 2014

 

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.

 

8 August 2014

  

More than 1,700 cases of Ebola have been reported in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.  The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 900 deaths from Ebola.  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency for 90 days because of the deadly outbreak.The problem is growing in West Africa.  We urge you to pray that the transmission will end and that those who are impacted ight know the grace of God as they walk through this valley of the shadow of death.

 

The health crisis is causing an economic crisis.  The suspension of normal business activities prevents people from earning money.  Without money, people cannot buy food.  People are crying for help, and Lott Carey is prepared to answer.

  

Lott Carey is receiving financial gifts designated to support people afflicted and affected by the Ebola virus.  Our support will be targeted primarily in Liberia where we will coordinate support for communities near the Lott Carey Mission Schools.  We consult regularly with church, community, government, and non-government organizational partners to share information and ensure that we serve in ways that help to make a difference.

  

Give online at www.lottcarey.org or send your gift to Lott Carey, 220 I Street, NE, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20002.  Designate your special gift for Ebola Outbreak.

  

We continue to work on additional material support that is needed.  Rather than doing "anything" to make ourselves feel better, we will work with you to do the "right thing" so that we can contribute positively, thoughtfully, and effectively.  We will work to be a blessing to our family in West Africa.

  

Our Lott Carey family in Liberia has been directly impacted.  One of our school's parents is a nurse who was infected and died.  We remember this family and the many other families facing grief and fear.  We pray for West African siblings who struggle in this crisis without the resources accessible in the United States.  We will give to help Liberian sisters and brothers to demonstrate that we remember them and we care.