Holman United Methodist Church and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) hosted a panel discussion and community forum on October 30 focused on the global response to Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives in West Africa since March.
“Here we find ourselves again in the midst of another health challenge surrounded by a lot of hysteria, anxiety, stigma and discrimination, just like HIV/AIDS,” said Holman Pastor Kelvin Sauls in opening remarks.
“It is important for us as people of faith to always make sure that we facilitate space and place where we can have constructive conversation and informative discussion around current events such as Ebola.”
Pastor Sauls was joined by expert panelists including AHF Infectious Disease Specialist Parveen Kaur, M.D., who gave a presentation on the background of Ebola; AHF Africa Bureau Chief Penninah “Penny” Iutung Amor, M.D., and AHF President Michael Weinstein.
Following the panelist presentations, audience members raised questions ranging from the implications of race in the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Dallas resident of Liberian descent who was the first person to die of Ebola in America, to precautions church members should take during an upcoming missionary trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Source: LA Sentinel