International soccer stars help in the fight against Ebola

BY NATALI IVERSON - NOVEMBER 19, 2014

International soccer stars have joined with FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and health experts from Africa, to raise awareness as well as to show communities preventative measures, in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The “11 against Ebola” campaign, shows eleven simple health messages, and will feature Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo; Barcelona winger, Neymar; Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich defender, Philipp Lahm, who all promote the fight against the haemorrhagic fever. 

In the campaign each player shares a message, with the help of animated films, radio, billboards, banners, posters and pictures, which will be released as a multimedia campaign.

According to Supersport, messages such as, “cook meat properly” and “report unusual illnesses” have been chosen for the campaign to help people understand how the virus can spread, and will also provide clear information on how to reduce the chances of the deadly disease spreading in affected West Africa communities

 “We have experienced the power of football when it comes to prevention and health, while successfully implementing the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ programme in 15 African countries as part of the medical legacy of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,” FIFA Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jirí Dvorák said.

“Now we are using the same system to tackle Ebola, by presenting simple educational messages to prevent the spread of the disease through the voices of football stars – ‘When football talks, everybody listens.”

 

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