By UMCOR United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR.org)

The United Methodist Church and its partners are responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The deadly virus has claimed lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

The church effort involves treatment, prevention, communication and public education. The response is a joint effort by West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries and the denomination’s general agencies.

Ebola Response
Since June 2014, the Global Health unit of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been working in collaboration on a global scale to coordinate an integrated approach in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. To date, UMCOR and the Global Health unit have worked together to ensure that $400,000 of educational programs, protective equipment, and other Ebola-related supplies have been provided to the health boards in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire.

It has now become apparent to the international humanitarian community and the various governments involved with this crisis that this epidemic will likely have long-term negative impact on the health systems, the economies, and social practices of these countries. Global Ministries and UMCOR are partnering with local health boards, bishops, missionaries, UMCOR technical offices and others to enable a long-term approach that not only responds to the current Ebola crisis, but helps to strengthen health-care capacity in the region to be better prepared for any possible future crisis.

This long-term, integrated approach reflects the established standard of response to health crises and issues of sustainable development.

If you would like to give financially to support these immediate and long-term goals, please remember to write “Ebola response” in the memo section of your check and give it to your local UMC church. This will ensure that the funding goes where intended. Please give to one or more of the following Advance projects:

982450 International Disaster Response
3021951 UMCOR Sustainable Recovery and Development
3021770 UMCOR Global Health

Por UMCOR Comité Metodista Unido de Auxilio (UMCOR.org)

La Iglesia Metodista Unida y sus socios están respondiendo al brote de Ébola 2014 en el África occidental. El virus mortal ha cobrado vidas en Guinea, Sierra Leona, Liberia y Nigeria.

El esfuerzo de la iglesia implica el tratamiento, la prevención, la comunicación y la educación pública. La respuesta es un esfuerzo conjunto de los líderes de África Occidental de la Iglesia Metodista Unida y las juntas regionales de salud, centros de salud confesionales, los misioneros y las agencias generales de la denominación.

Respuesta del Ébola
Desde junio de 2014, la Unidad de Salud Global de la Junta General de Ministerios Globales de la Iglesia Metodista Unida y el Comité Metodista Unido de Auxilio (UMCOR) ha estado trabajando en colaboración a escala global para coordinar un enfoque integrado en respuesta a la crisis del Ébola en el África occidental. Hasta la fecha, UMCOR y la unidad de la Salud Mundial han trabajado juntos para asegurar que 400.000 dólares de los programas educativos, equipo de protección y otros suministros relacionados con el Ébola se han proporcionado a las juntas de salud en Sierra Leona, Liberia y Costa de Marfil.

Ahora se ha vuelto evidente para la comunidad humanitaria internacional y los diversos gobiernos involucrados con esta crisis que esta epidemia es probable que tenga un impacto negativo a largo plazo en los sistemas de salud, las economías y las prácticas sociales de estos países. Ministerios Globales y UMCOR están asociando con las juntas de salud, obispos, misioneros, oficinas técnicas locales UMCOR y otros para permitir un enfoque a largo plazo que no sólo responde a la crisis actual del Ébola, pero ayuda a fortalecer la capacidad de atención de la salud en la región para ser mejor preparados para cualquier posible crisis futura.

Esto a largo plazo, enfoque integrado refleja la norma establecida de respuesta a las crisis de salud y las cuestiones de desarrollo sostenible.

Si a usted le gustaría apoyar financieramente estos objetivos inmediatos y los de largo plazo, por favor recuerde que debe escribir “respuesta Ébola” en la sección memo del cheque y llévelo a su Iglesia Metodista Unida local. Esto asegurará que la ayuda financiera va a donde se indica. Por favor, ayúdenos colaborando a uno o más de los siguientes proyectos:

982.450 Respuesta internacional a desastres
3021951 UMCOR Recuperación y Desarrollo Sostenible
3021770 UMCOR Salud Mundial

Stephen Mansfield, president/CEO of Methodist Health Systems.

Methodist Health System in Dallas answers Ebola call
By Sam Hodges
Oct. 21, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS)
Methodist Health System in Dallas will provide space for a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease biocontainment facility in North Texas.
One floor of the system’s Methodist Campus for Continuing Care, in Richardson, Texas, just north of Dallas, will be available if needed.
“Methodist Health System answered the call because it is the right thing to do,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Like all North Texans, we wish we weren’t in this situation. But the reality is there remains a threat, and as long as it’s there, Methodist is obligated by our mission — to improve and save lives through compassionate, quality health care — to do all we can to help.”
Dallas found itself at the center of Ebola-related anxiety in the United States after Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and diagnosed with the disease — the first such diagnosis in the United States.
Duncan died Oct 8. Two of the nurses who cared for him have been diagnosed with Ebola. Others who had contact with him were placed under quarantine for 21 days. As of Oct. 20, the quarantine of 43 of 48 people on the original watch list had ended.
Teas Gov. Rick Perry held a press conference Tuesday, announcing that Methodist, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital System will work together to set up and operate the unit at Methodist Campus for Continuing Care.
UT Southwestern Medical Center, affiliated with the University of Texas, is contributing physicians experienced in infectious disease, critical care and other specialties, and some nursing professionals as staffing requires.
Parkland Hospital has begun moving critical equipment such as personal protective equipment, IV fluids and laboratory supplies to Methodist Campus for Continuing Care. Parkland will provide nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and lab technicians.
Methodist will provide some modifications for decontamination, laboratory equipment and other dedicated personnel for IT and biomedical support.
“In the event of another diagnosis, this facility will allow us to act quickly to limit the virus’s reach and give patients the care they need in an environment where health care workers are specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique requirements of this disease,” Perry said.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston also has been designated an Ebola treatment and infectious disease biocontainment facility.
Methodist Health System said its Methodist Campus for Continuing Care was chosen because it’s easily adaptable and has a recently vacated intensive care unit and an emergency department — both essential assets in the treatment of infectious diseases.
“Our hope is that the facility will not be needed for this purpose, but until the current threat has passed, Methodist stands firmly committed with its coalition partners to meet the health care needs of the community it serves and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of patients, health care providers, and our fellow North Texans,” Methodist Health System said in a press release.
The creation of special facilities for Ebola treatment was recommended by the governor’s recently named Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.
Dallas Methodist Hospital opened in 1927, the realized dream of Methodist ministers and civil leaders. That sole hospital has evolved into Methodist Health System, which has facilities across the Dallas area and employs more than 7,500.
The system maintains a covenant relationship with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, and United Methodist clergy and laity serve on the system’s governing boards.
Hodges, a United Methodist News Service writer, lives in Dallas. Contact him at (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org