United Methodist Church responds to Ebola outbreak in West Africa


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Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Clement Kingombe Lutala, Bukavu District superintendent, shares COVID-19 prevention information on Radio Iriba in Bukavu. With the help of the United Front Against Riverblindness, The United Methodist Church in East Congo has led awareness campaigns via community radio in 10 health zones in North and South Kivu. Photo By Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church grapples with resurgence of Ebola

As Ebola, COVID-19, malaria and other diseases threaten lives and livelihoods, church leaders in Congo offer assistance.
Mission and Ministry
During the Ebola epidemic, East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda washes his hands and is helped by the Rev. Jean-Paul Omole, superintendent of the Goma District, during the Kivu Annual Conference in June 2019. Photo By Chadrack Londe, UM News.

Churches celebrate end of 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak

United Methodist churches played a part in helping to share health and prevention information, as well as work to prevent the stigma Ebola survivors often face.
Global Health
Nurse Leonard Shako (left) and Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, director of United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Congo, were among a group of United Methodist health workers who gathered in February to discuss the Ebola epidemic and ways to make prevention efforts more effective. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodist caregivers reflect on Ebola

Doctors and nurses at United Methodist hospitals gathered to look for ways to make prevention efforts more effective as the outbreak showed signs of slowing.