Ebola

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Current outbreak in blue and past outbreak in red
As many of you know there has been a significant outbreak of Ebola in Africa. There have been confirmed cases of Ebola in several West African countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia Nigeria, just recently Senegal and Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
The first four countries have been the most highly effected and they are all connected where as here in Congo where we are located there is no connection to the other countries and outbreaks. 
Flying Supplies into the nearest airstrip of the effected area.

The first outbreak of Ebola was here in Congo (then Zaire) in 1976 and according to the WHO there have been 7 outbreaks in Congo since. 
MAF has assisted in Ebola outbreaks here in Congo in both 1995 and 2007 transporting medical personal supplies and equipment. Today it is no different, MAF has been in communication with several humanitarian organizations and we have already been assisting in flying personal, supplies and samples in and out of the area. 
Supplies and Equipment
As Congo has had experiences with Ebola before and because of the awareness of the disease in other parts of Africa the response here in Congo has been swift. 
The effected area is approx. 475 miles by air away from our base here in Kinshasa in a isolated interior village. The nearest airstrip to the area is still about 100 km away from the effected village and some of the road is only passable by motorbike. 
Flying in to drop off personal and supplies
We are so glad that MAF in the past and present has been able to assist in combating this scary disease and we are confident from the response that any spread from within Congo is unlikely. 
Thank you so much for your prayers for us here and please continue to pray for Congo and the countries that are continuing to try to contain this outbreak.

1 comments

  1. Hello! I found your blog through the Barber's blog..just wanted to drop in with a word of encouragement. So thankful MAF is going forward. We heard about MAF through the book about Nate Saint and Jim Elliott. What an inspiration!! We are just so grateful for families like yours who are out there doing their utmost to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Thank you for all you do, and I trust God to protect you and your family from the Ebola outbreak and all other harm. Psalm 91:10 God bless you.

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