Please help us help our Congolese colleagues fight Ebola

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Help us fight the Ebola virus

We are helping our Congolese colleagues fight Ebola. Please help us help.

Ebola can be stopped.

Any financial contribution, small or large, can make gloves or other protective materials more readily available to those on the front line. Help us fight Ebola.

HandUp Congo has been working with communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly 10 years. We are distressed to report that the outbreak of Ebola recently confirmed by the DRC’s Ministry of Health affects communities with whom we have worked over the years.

The Ebola virus can be easily carried by unsuspecting river travelers.

Left: Boende is located 500 km from Equateur Province’s capital, Mbandaka, on the Tshuapa River. The Ebola virus can be easily carried by unsuspecting river travelers.

The now quarantined Boende area of the Equateur Province, the epicentre of this potential epidemic, is a small township 500 kms from the provincial capital, Mbandaka. Boende is one of 23 Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) posts. CDCC is our long-time partner.

Ebola is now reversing the gains that our Congolese colleagues have been making in recent years. The impact of the epidemic is felt across both the quarantined area and in the villages surrounding Boende. There are few basic healthcare supplies and little medicine; many small businesses are unable to operate due to the quarantine; schools are closed – activities of daily living are disrupted.

The CDCC’s medical director, Dr. Bosolo.
The CDCC’s medical director, Dr. Bosolo.

The CDCC’s medical director, Dr. Bosolo, is a wonderful young doctor who is working closely with the emergency teams confronting this health emergency.

Teams are being formed to raise awareness about prevention and identification of the first signs of this illness, which will allow rapid evacuation and early treatment of affected individuals.

Rev. Eliki Bonanga, president of the CDCC, has just issued an urgent appeal for life-saving and caregiving supplies such as protective suits, chlorine powder to make disinfectant, and gloves. As the epidemic is expected to last at least several more months, CDCC’s health care team urgently needs outside financial assistance.

We are asking you to open your hearts and pocketbooks to join the battle against Ebola among our Congolese colleagues. Any sum will help.

CDCC’s ambulance boat, perched on three canoes, which serves riverside communities.     Boende is located 500 km from Equateur Province’s capital, Mbandaka, on the Tshuapa River. The Ebola virus can be easily carried by unsuspecting river travelers.
CDCC’s ambulance boat

Left: CDCC’s ambulance boat, perched on three canoes, which serves riverside communities.

CDCC’s budget to fight the illness includes purchase of:
1. fuel and oil for boats carrying supplies: $ 4,200
2. proper protective gear: $ 4,000
3. essential drugs: $ 20,000
4. health care staff stipends: $ 2,000

You can help our Congolese friends via Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Tax deductibility is available for American donors who donate through this website: https://donate.globalministries.org/onlinegiving. Please add “Africa” in the Designation box,  and “CDCC – Ebola” in the “Project/Partner”.

Australian donors who wish to contribute through Rotary Australia World Community Service please donate online through www.rawcs.com.au – go to “project 20 2013-14” – or contact HandUp Congo director Lucy Hobgood-Brown at lucy@claypartners.com.

Or wire a donation direct to the CDCC:

Bank Account #: 1280-9101383-00-71
Name: ECC/10.CDCC
Bank: Trust Merchant Bank SARL, Agence de Mbandaka
Bank Address:  109 Ave Bonsomi-Wangata
SWIFT: TRMSCD3L
Bank Tel:  +243 081 200 0024

Further information may be obtained on http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28922290 and http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2014/08/who-reports-ebola-deaths-drc.