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Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa. Credit: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations CC BY NC ND 2.0.

Catholic Priest in South Sudan Urges Citizens to Take “preventive measures against Ebola”

Oct 5, 2022

A member of the Clergy of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese, a territory that borders Uganda where dozens of cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed, has urged the people of God in the East-Central African country to take preventive measures against the virus that is known to cause severe bleeding, and organ failure that can eventually result in death.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Faults Harsh COVID-19 Restrictions, Says Ebola Was Worse

Sep 29, 2021

The Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has faulted the COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on places of worship in the West African country, saying that most of the restrictions were unnecessary and denied the people the religious encounter at the time they needed it the most.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas handing over the Pope's donation to the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese. Credit: CABICOL/Facebook

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Fighting COVID-19 in Liberia

Aug 29, 2021

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos of Sr. Danielangela Sorti (L), Sr. Annelvira Ossoli (C), and Sr. Vitarosa Zorza (R) who died of Ebola in DRC in 1995 / Courtesy Photo

Heroic Virtues of Italian Nuns Who Died Caring for Ebola Patients in DR Congo Recognized

Mar 18, 2021

Pope Francis has issued a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of three additional Italian Catholic Nuns who succumbed to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1995.

Caritas Guinea Programs Director, Siba Alexis Dopavogui

The Sick in Guinea Avoiding Hospitals for Fear of Ebola, Caritas Official Says

Mar 2, 2021

Sick people in Guinea are finding it difficult to go to health facilities for treatment since the new Ebola outbreak was declared some two weeks ago, a Caritas official in the West African nation has said.

Photos of Sr. Floralba Rondi (left), Sr.Clarangela Ghilardi (centre), and Sr.Dinarosa Belleri (right) who died of Ebola in DRC in 1995 / Courtesy Photo

Heroic Virtues of Italian Nuns Who Died Caring for Ebola Patients in DR Congo Recognized

Feb 22, 2021

Pope Francis has issued a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of three Italian Catholic Nuns who succumbed to Ebola, which they contracted when caring for Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1995.

Mass in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 saints Oct. 15, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Advances Causes of Italian Nuns Who Died in Ebola Outbreak in Africa

Feb 21, 2021

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.

Beneficiaries of a Caritas Freetown project aimed to rehabilitate Ebola survivors in the country. / Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Freetown

We Can’t Afford to Deal with Ebola Again, Cleric in Sierra Leone Says, Expresses Fear

Feb 17, 2021

A Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone’s Archdiocese of Freetown who was at the forefront of the fight against Ebola during the world’s worst outbreak of the disease in 2013 says the West African country does not have the capacity to fight the disease, which has already been reported in neighboring Guinea.

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Caritas Freetown Restoring Dignity in Sierra Leone’s Ebola Survivors

Dec 30, 2020

To the rest of the world, the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa evokes vivid memories of one of the worst viral infections ever recorded in history that left thousands in several west African countries dead. But for people living in these countries, it is the aftermath of the epidemic that has been the worst to deal with.

Some Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone beneficiaries of different business ventures set up by Caritas Freetown. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Sets Up Businesses for Dozens of Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone

Sep 12, 2020

Some 50 Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, all of them bearing the scars of the disease that killed at least 3,000 people in the west African country, gathered at Hastings town in the rural area of the country to sign up for different business ventures in a project designed by the charity arm of the Archdiocese of Freetown to restore dignity among the survivors.

CAFOD’s representative for Sierra Leone, Kayode Akintola makes a presentation during a coronavirus prevention workshop to faith leaders in the capital, Freetown. / Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Why Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone is a Challenge

Aug 23, 2020

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has, in a report, explained why it is challenging to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.

Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa. Credit: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations CC BY NC ND 2.0.

New Ebola Outbreak in DRC Prompts Catholic Aid

Jul 14, 2020

Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fight a new outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Fridolin Ambongo Cardinal Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo

After Ebola, COVID-19 Outbreak "would be a disaster," DR Congolese Cardinal Cautions

Apr 8, 2020

As countries put in place measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, a Cardinal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned that the spread of the pandemic in the Central African nation would be disastrous, as the country does not have the capability of handling another outbreak, soon after struggling over the years to fight Ebola epidemic.

A man receives an Ebola vaccine in Goma, DCR on July 15, 2019. Credit: Pamela Tulizo / AFP / Getty Images.

Ebola outbreak in DRC an international health emergency, WHO declares

Aug 17, 2019

The nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reached the level of an international health emergency, the World Health Organization declared yesterday.

Ebola is a deadly virus that is primarily spread through contact with bodily fluids. / Unsplash

Promising clinical trial for Ebola drugs brings hope to DRC

Aug 17, 2019

Scientists are hopeful after a clinical trial of two experimental drugs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) showed promise in treating the deadly Ebola virus.

A health worker wears protective gear at a health screening facility in a Ugandan town bordering DRC. / Credit: Isaac Kasamani / AFP / Getty Images.

Amid Uganda Ebola scare, Catholic aid group is ready to help

Jun 23, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is monitoring the health situation in Uganda, following two confirmed deaths from the Ebola virus.