Join me today in praying for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk, and I am a Catholic who writes Humanitarian Prayers to encourage people to pray for those suffering most in our world.
I pray that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) will be contained fully and quickly. I pray that it will not continue to spread, and I pray that it will not spread further to other regions of the DRC or to neighboring countries.
I pray that violence will not continue to contribute to its spread. I pray that warring factions in the area of the outbreak will cease fighting to allow safety for aid workers, doctors, and healthcare providers working to save lives.
I pray that a hesitancy towards modern medicine will not stop people from taking preventative measures to halting the spread of the disease.
I pray for God’s strength, resilience, and persistence for doctors and medical professionals working to treat patients. I pray that each person who becomes infected will receive lifesaving care.
I pray for your mercy for the souls of those who have died, and for your mercy and comfort for their friends and family who mourn.
Notes and Explanations
The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been going on since August, one week after a previous outbreak was declared over.
Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet. In the current outbreak, it has killed about 60% of those who have become infected in the DRC. As of January 2nd, there have been over 600 probable cases of Ebola with over 360 deaths. Over 50,000 Congolese people have been vaccinated since the outbreak began.
It is now the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. The largest was in 2014 and killed over 11,000 people in five countries in West Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo did not have any Ebola cases during that outbreak.
On December 20th, the Congolese Health Minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga, said in an interview that the outbreak is likely to last at least 3-4 more months.
The current outbreak is located in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in the northwest of the country, bordering Uganda, Rwanda, and a small part of South Sudan. There is great concern that the outbreak could spread over the borders into Uganda and Rwanda, which are heavily trafficked.
In addition to Ebola, the North Kivu and Ituri provinces are facing violence conflict by rebel groups which has at times stopped aid organizations from working in towns and communities affected by the outbreak.
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