Hollywood actor and activist, Jeffery Wright, recently put out a public service announcement educating people of the actualities of the Ebola virus. The Grey’s Anatomy actor, took to social media to advice people not to succumb to the disease, should they feel indication of possible infection.
With the help of his NGO,Ebola Survival Fund, he also warned against the possible discrimination and segregation that follows after. With the help of several other colleagues in the show business, he made a video of survivors including Nigeria’s Ada Igonoh and constantly had the fellow activists chant, “Ebola is not a death sentence” in a bid to raise funds for affected countries.
The Ebola Survival Fund looks to support a coalition of community-based organizations working in Liberia and Sierra Leone in order to complement the efforts of the larger-scale programs being implemented by international organizations. All programming funded by the Ebola Survival Fund will support existing national plans in both Liberia and Sierra Leone in coordination with the United Nations Ebola response effort in order to fill key gaps in communities in rural areas. The Ebola Survival Fund is grateful to UNICEF for its support.
The principles that guide the implementation of the organizations receiving support from the Ebola Survival Fund are:
- It is critical that we link the emergency response to Ebola to efforts to strengthen health systems.
- Ebola does not need to be a death sentence. The virus has not yet come into contact with modern medicine in West Africa. But when protocols for the provision of high quality “supportive care” are followed, the case fatality rate for Ebola may be lower than 20 percent.
- Ebola Treatment Units need to be linked to community-based care and community health workers need compensation.
- New tools are urgently needed for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Ebola.
The Ebola outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says has claimed more than 3000 lives, was first recorded in Guinea in March and is the worst in the disease’s history.
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