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2017 Lenten Journal
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Mission Video Resources

A variety of mission-related videos for educational use 

Understanding Ebola: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment 

The Ebola epidemic hit West Africa last year with devastating consequences. More than 10,000 people died in 2014 as a result of the widespread outbreak, according to the World Health Organization. While the spread of this highly-contagious disease has now been largely contained, one big question remains: What steps can be taken now to prevent more outbreaks? American Baptist International Ministries (IM) medical missionaries Drs. Rick and Anita Gutierrez in South Africa have recently produced a powerful solution through their nonprofit organization, Bethel Health Builders. "The sudden thought came to me very definitely: 'We have to make an Ebola video," says Anita Gutierrez. "We knew that an animated video would facilitate translation into other languages. It would transmit the facts about Ebola in a culturally sensitive way to people in Sub-Saharan Africa and provide a powerful tool in our ability to prevent and contain Ebola outbreaks," Anita Gutierrez adds.

The 10-minute video uses simple animated visuals and nontechnical language to explain how to help prevent the disease, what symptoms to watch for and what steps to take should one contract the disease. The video was funded by an Ebola Disaster Relief grant from American Baptists' donations to One Great Hour of Sharing.