MAF flights help defeat Ebola outbreak in the DRC

MAF flights help defeat Ebola outbreak in the DRC

MAF flew 109 passengers and more than 6 tons of supplies to Boende over the 3 months since the Ebola outbreak started, enabling medical experts quick logistical access to the affected region to contain the disease and treat patients

Ebola is a 'flight away', said Bob Geldof as the new Band Aid single was launched on 16 November 2104. That’s a very real statement to MAF’s team in the Democratic Repulic of Congo who have been flying medical teams and supplies in a coordinated effort to fight the Ebola outbreak in Boende.

After a three-month response, the outbreak has now ended. According to the country’s health minister, Felix Kabange, no new cases have been reported since 4 October, and two full cycles of the virus’ 21-day incubation period have passed since the most recent Ebola case.

MAF flew 109 passengers and more than 6 tons of supplies to Boende over the three months since the outbreak started, enabling medical experts quick logistical access to the affected region.

Our aircraft and passengers were decontaminated before each return flight back to our Kinshasa base.

At least 49 people died in this outbreak, which had a 74% fatality rate. It is a separate strain to the record outbreak in West Africa.

Please pray:

  • that this outbreak in the DRC has truly ended.
  • for the MAF staff and the medical personnel who have faithfully served.
  • for those who have lost loved ones to Ebola.
  • for those suffering through the ongoing Ebola crisis in western Africa.
  • that MAF can get the permissions needed to fly in Liberia.