I was just browsing a very interesting article at BBC by an epidemiologist, recounting the work of tracing Ebola contacts in Liberia.
The article contains a striking graph, showing the curve of the epidemic in Liberia – the average number of new cases per day from March 2014 to March 2015.
Remember the #praytoendEbola prayer campaign spearheaded by SIM? SIM’s prayer campaign took place from Sept 29 – October 5. Several other ministries also called for intensive prayer in the first two weeks of October. Look at when the rate of new Ebola infections began to decline in Liberia! It’s pretty striking, and very encouraging!
Of course there was much besides prayer that went into turning around the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. And the turn around took longer in Guinea and Sierra Leone. In addition to praising God for His grace, I’m deeply thankful to all the doctors, nurses, public health workers, epidemiologists, researchers, and community volunteers whose sacrificial work on the ground in West Africa made an essential difference. As we prayed, God used their love, their hands & feet, their gifts and talents to turn around this disease.
Keep praying for Ebola to be totally ended throughout West Africa… Liberia has had almost no new cases for the past three weeks. Guinea & Sierra Leone still are reporting siginificant numbers of cases, however. Prayer is still needed, as are gifts to various NGOs and organizations leading the continued fight to contain Ebola. You can read the latest update from all three countries here: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia.