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August 21, 2014

Ebola Crisis Raises Profile of Faith Group Samaritan’s Purse

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has brought greater attention to Samaritan's Purse, the well-funded but relatively low-profile Christian relief charity led by Franklin Graham, the Rev. Billy Graham's son, writes The Washington Post.

North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse and an affiliated group, SIM, have been on the front lines of the Ebola crisis, with hundreds of mostly local staff members working in African hospitals and clinics. The charities have evacuated Western workers from the outbreak zone in recent weeks, including two doctors who contracted the disease and are now being treated in Atlanta.

Samaritan's Purse had about $460-million in revenue last year and maintains offices in four countries as well as a fleet of aircraft to shuttle staff into remote and disaster-stricken areas. Under Franklin Graham, the organization has been criticized for mixing proselytizing with its aid efforts, but it has also been rated among the most efficient religious charities and has built a reputation for moving fast to combat health crises around the world.