Responding to Ebola: What Role Does Religion Play?
This curricular module explores the role of religion in Ebola response, highlighting how faith actors can contribute both positively and negatively to public health efforts. Katherine Marshall considers religious response to the 2014–2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa in a 2016 case study on “Responding to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: What Role Does Religion Play?” [PDF]. She later reviewed lessons learned on religious literacy and humanitarian action on Ebola and HIV/AIDS as part of a 2017 panel discussion [video].
Below, you can explore more resources on the role of religion in responses to Ebola, including an expanded module guide, with additional materials on religious actors and faith-inspired organizations in the Ebola crisis.
These materials are designed to engage students with the following issues:
- the diverse roles of religious leaders and faith-inspired organizations in the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa [Marshall and Smith essay, Berkley Forum; Marshall article, PDF; Marshall article, PDF; “Religious Liberty and Humanitarian Action: Ebola and HIV/AIDS,” video]
- actions taken by faith-based organizations in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and other west African nations in response to Ebola and their roles in aiding local communities [Sister Barbara Brilliant interview transcript; Gwendolyn Heaner interview transcript; Robert W. Radtke interview transcript; Christo Greyling interview transcript]
Instructors are encouraged to look through topics below and adapt these questions to their needs.