David Beckham joins the fight to beat Ebola
Unicef Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is supporting our fight to beat Ebola through a video message to be broadcast across Sierra Leone – one of the worst-affected countries.
The video aims to help break down the stigma and shame connected to the disease and encourage more people to protect themselves and seek medical help.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and deadliest the world has ever seen, with around 9,000 people infected across the region and at least 3,700 children who have lost one or both parents to the disease. Fear, misconceptions and rumours are fuelling the spread of the outbreak and complicating the humanitarian response.
Unicef is urgently working to control the disease by reaching families and communities with messages about the dangers of the disease, its symptoms, its methods of transmission, the importance of hygiene, and where to seek help. In Sierra Leone, as the leading organisation for social mobilisation and awareness raising, Unicef has reached nearly 80% of households with these vital messages.
Unicef teams are also distributing life-saving supplies, including gloves and chlorine, and supporting children and families affected by Ebola.