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Concern About Ebola

Posted on August 3, 2014 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Patient Stories, Programs, Volunteering | 0 comments

We have had quite a few of you message us about the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.  We figured we would just put this out there and if there are any other questions ask them here and we will try to address them.

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We have done a tremendous amount of work in West Africa where this current outbreak of Ebola is occurring.  We know the President of Liberia and have worked closely with her and her Minister of Health for many years. She and her team are outstanding people and are doing an amazing job in very difficult circumstances.

The reason for the high death rate with Ebola is the fact that there are limited medical facilities throughout West Africa. MMI has been working hard to change this, but it takes resources and time to get where we need to be. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Due to this lack of quality facilities, the virus and those that contract it are not able to receive proper care, treatment, and isolation. This leads to the disease not being contained and the loss of significant life.

The two Americans that are being brought to the U.S. are heroes and have been trying to fight to save lives in difficult conditions. The fact that they have contracted Ebola is not due to any lax situation on their part, but due to their heart to save the African people. The western world does have the facilities, technology, etc. to take care of an Ebola patient and not put others at risk.

Ebola is transmitted by bodily fluids coming into contact. It is not a virus that can be transmitted through the air like SARS, TB, etc. The treatment for Ebola is to keep the patient hydrated and handle their symptoms. If we can get this started before there is organ failure, there has been good success in helping a person to recover from this disease.

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Many have been quite concerned that bringing these two Americans back to Emory University for care is somehow endangering the American public. The risk for this is very low to non-existent.  The bigger risk is that at some point, someone will contract this illness in Africa and not know it. They will come to the North America, Europe, etc. and spread the disease before it reveals itself. At that time, we must be as knowledgeable as possible to treat this disease and we already have many facilities in the western world to isolate these cases immediately and an outbreak like what is happening in Africa can not occur.

So to sum it up, bringing these two American heroes to the U.S. is not only the right thing to do to try and save their lives, but in the long run it might actually help to save even more lives later on.  MMI is on the front lines of these battles, not just in Africa, but all over the world. It’s difficult work and unfortunately the resources available to address the issues are limited and thus we must optimize all that we have available.

If you are interested in how we do our work, here is a link to our television program and you can also Click Here to help support the work we are doing.  Please keep the African people and all who seek to help them in your prayers.

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