Ebola Reports and Resources

Ebola and faith-based organizations: Faith communities and faith-based organizations are trusted in their communities and are critical in educating communities about Ebola, its symptoms, and how to prevent spread of the virus.


Fighting Ebola Misinformation in DRC | November 2019 | CCIH member Communauté Baptiste au Centre de L’Afrique (Baptist Church in Central Africa) is working with a variety of partners to equip church leaders to talk about the Ebola virus with their communities. The CBCA in collaboration with the Anglican church produced a booklet that explains the Ebola virus, how it is spread, and what people can do to avoid transmission.

Samaritan’s Purse webinar | August 2015 | with Dr. Kent Brantly on his experiences in the early days of the Ebola outbreak and his personal experiences as a patient and answering the call to serve.

Reports and Toolkits

 Faith in Time of Ebola (ENGLISH) | 2020 | Supported by Norwegian Church Aid and produced by Dr. Isaac Muyonga, Director of the Health Department in the Baptist Church in Central Africa and Michael Beasley the Anglican Bishop of Hertford in Diocese of St. Albans and also an epidemiologist. |  This resource is designed for church leaders in the DR Congo. It has two aims: To provide church leaders with clear, simple information about Ebola and the practical actions that need to be taken to bring the infection under control, and to offer theological resources taken from scripture that will help church leaders, their churches and the people they serve think about the deep cultural issues present in communities in DRC that affect everyone’s ability to work together to bring the outbreak of Ebola to an end.

It is also available in French and Swahili.

Post-Ebola Recovery Toolkit | This toolkit is a resource for organizations and individuals involved in recovery efforts in the period following an infectious disease outbreak, such as the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa in 2014-2016. Its goal is to provide governments, donors, NGOs, and survivor groups with guidance and templates for responding to issues related to health systems recovery after a major outbreak. The toolkit includes best practice and lessons learned documents, tools and templates, and research articles, as well as videos, technical briefs, and success stories presented as examples of the recovery work conducted by the USAID-funded Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services program in 2016-2018, which was implemented by the Advancing Partners & Communities Project and managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. It includes English and French materials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | The CDC released The Road to Zero: CDC’s Response to the West African Ebola Epidemic (July 2015), which details the agency’s response through the eyes of CDC responders, through photos and stories of their own experiences. The document includes the experiences of CCIH member Dan Martin from his work in West Africa.

Keeping the Faith: The Role of Faith Leaders in the Ebola Response | August 2015 | A joint report by TearFund, Christian Aid, CAFOD (the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales) and Islamic Relief Worldwide examines the response of the faith community, and in particular of faith leaders, to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. It offers recommendations for how faith leaders can support the recovery efforts of the affected countries and contributes to the discussion of the broader role of faith in humanitarian response. A summary of the study is available here.

World Faiths Development Dialogue (May 2016)  released a case study, Responding to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: What Role Does Religion Play? Religious actors played various roles throughout the epidemic. This case study highlights the complex institutional roles of religious actors and positive—and less positive—aspects of their involvement.

Response to Ebola: Mapping Religious Networks and FIOs | October 2014 | World Faiths Development Dialogue | This report provides a list of faith-based organizations, where they worked and how they responded to the Ebola outbreak.

Briefing on Ebola and the Untapped Potential of Religious Networks | October 2014 | World Faiths Development Dialogue | Faith-based organizations are at the forefront of the medical response to Ebola in many areas and religious leaders are often looked to in highly religious societies for care and guidance. This briefing examines the potential for faith-based organizations and religious networks to be a valuable resource during an Ebola outbreak.