The deadly Ebola virus has gripped news headlines over the past months and it is spreading and killing thousands of people in West Africa daily. As an organisation that seeks to see people physically and spiritually healed, there was no doubt that MAF needed to help those affected by the Ebola virus.
MAF has nine aircraft in four areas of the DRC and last year we conducted 1 152 medical-related flights in the area, including medical emergency flights and delivery of vaccines and medicines.
“MAF has been involved in Ebola response several times,” says John Boyd, President and CEO of MAF USA. “In 2007 and 1995 our planes and people played a key role in assisting with the outbreaks in the DRC. We had the experience to handle the recent Ebola outbreak by having a plan in place to control the risk.”
From 18 August to 3 November 2014 MAF conducted 14 flights transporting 109 passengers to the Boende area in support of the Ebola efforts. There are no paved roads from Kinshasa to the outbreak site, but MAF was able to use Boende’s small airstrip to deliver medical personnel as well as quarantine equipment, personal protective kits, and medication and syringes to and from Ebola hot zones, as well as specimens for testing through its Ebola Pandemic Management Plan.
Assisting with the Ebola crisis aligns very closely with who we are as a Christian ministry organisation.
MAF’s Country Director in western DRC, Greg Heller, says the community is impressed with the way in which we provide help as they sense extra care and compassion from us. The ministry side of assisting the DRC is simply being there to help the “least of these” and then taking the opportunity to share the Gospel when it arises.
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