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Taking a religious perspective to contain Ebola

Sulaiman M Bah & Abdullah S Aljoudi. Taking a religious perspective to contain Ebola. The Lancet, Volume 384, Issue 9947, Page 951, 13 September 2014. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61344-1
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... The following messages could therefore be conveyed in the affected Mano River Union states [Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone). First, residents in Ebola-affected areas should not leave them and those living outside these areas should not enter them. Second, it is acceptable to bury patients who died from Ebola without washing their bodies. Third, it is acceptable to pray for people who have died from Ebola and bury them quickly without waiting for a large gathering of relatives and friends. Fourth, Islam calls upon Muslims to obey the people of authority who live among them. If these messages are supported by reputable scholars and reach the millions of Muslims in the Mano River Union states of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (through mass media and social media), there is hope that some will respond positively to it. With the amicable relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims in these three states, it is also possible that some non-Muslims will also take heed of these messages of general relevance to "show the collective responsibility and global solidarity absent at the start of this outbreak to bring it to an end"."  
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Comment from HIFA reviewer (Neil PW): We have heard previously from HIFA members about the important role of the Christian Church in providing health information on Ebola. A letter in The Lancet (September 13th) calls for the mobilisation also of Muslim religious leaders. Collectively, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have a Muslim majority (85%, 20% and 60%, respectively). There is clearly also an opportunity here for Christian and Muslim leaders to collaborate.

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