Video Of The Week - African Singers Use Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

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Though the initial panic caused by Ebola appears to have subsided, the disease is still alive and well in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. As of December 3rd, the dreadful ailment has infected 15,000 people and claimed 6,202 lives. The frustrating part for experts is that most of these deaths could have been avoided had the locals been aware of the necessary precautions.

In order to educate them, some of Africa's best-known musicians have come together with a song that outlines what the people can do to protect themselves. Entitled "Africa Stop Ebola", the catchy melody was written by the singers and Carlos Chirinos, a researcher who specializes in the intersections of music, communications and human development. Recorded in French, the commonly spoken language in West Africa, as well as a number of indigenous languages, it conveys the importance of trusting doctors, not touching people that are infected or have died from Ebola, and practicing proper sanitation and hygiene routines.

Chirinos hopes the song will help rebuild people's trust in their respective country's health services as well as dispel the myth that the disease can be cured by local healers. In addition to educating them, the song is also meant to reassure the listeners and given them hope that Ebola can be overcome.

Resources: theguardian.com. BBC.co.uk

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  • laynebot5
    laynebot5Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Amazing!
    • sealgirl
      sealgirlWednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:21 am
      This made me cry..
      • thewisdomoflife
        thewisdomoflifeMonday, June 1, 2020 at 1:07 am
        I love the harmony of this song. I also like the fact that they sang this to help Ebola and its suspects.
        • pero
          peroTuesday, February 11, 2020 at 9:18 am
          i love it
          • CAT GIRLSaturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm
            I ❤ it !
            • riley3 Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10:02 am
              this is amazing! wow i love the info and song
              • hunobypadamymi
                hunobypadamymiMonday, March 4, 2019 at 9:47 am
                this vocabulary word search was a good educational game so now people know what people in africa's vocabulary is or how they use it their.
                • AnonymooseWednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:21 am
                  For everyone saying that they want to help africa, a good way to start would be learn their languages, and contribute to their economy. Also, Good luck on achieving your charitable goal of helping them
                  • HIIIII peepssssMonday, February 4, 2019 at 11:46 am
                    GOOD SONG LET ME REPHRASE I LOVE THIS SONG
                    • JazmineTuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:24 am
                      I love this because I listen to this song all the time because It's so good.