The Role of Religion and Faith Actors in the Ebola Crisis
The 2014 Ebola epidemic was a human and a medical drama that killed more than 11,000 people, devastated the communities concerned, and set back the development of health systems. It also raises far-reaching questions about local and international responses to catastrophes. Faith-inspired organizations were at the forefront of the response, but media coverage and public health and political responses did not seem to have taken much note of the broader potential of religious networks and leaders in the international response. Through a series of consultations, policy briefs, and case studies the Berkley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue have explored responses of faith actors and communities in Ebola-affected countries, as well as the role of religion in the crisis. The goal is to develop ideas for improving efficiency and outreach that engages key religious leaders and faith-inspired organizations, as well as the broader faith and interfaith networks within the countries concerned.