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[Comment] Religion and Ebola: learning from experience

The largest Ebola epidemic in history, in 2014–15, profoundly disrupted three west African countries that bore its brunt: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.1 Effects include more than 10 000 deaths, more than 26 000 people infected,2 and high social and economic costs. Religious beliefs and practices shape (positively and negatively) ways of caring for the sick, patterns of stigma, and gender roles. Throughout the crisis, religious institutions have provided services including health, education, and social support.