When I heard that one of nurses who was infected by Ebola was in nearby Maryland for her treatment, I was seized with fear – like many others.

Recently, South Korea was supposed to host an international conference with attendees from West African countries. The residents of the host city, Busan, which is the second largest city in South Korea, were scared. There was a massive public outcry against the national and Busan city governments and a call to cancel or postpone the conference.

A few days ago, I read a news article about Anne Hathaway refusing to touch a Argentinian Journalist for fear of Ebola. Well… Anne Hathaway denies having refused to shake hands with the journalist because of Ebola. Instead, according to the statement in the Daily Mail, she wasn’t shaking anyone’s hands because she was coming down with a cold and didn’t want to get anyone sick.

These three cases demonstrate how Ebola threatens society on numerous levels. Despite the very low death rate in comparison to car accidents or any other diseases, the disease impacts society.

Changing people’s mind and raising an awareness of social issues took longer than we expected. That’s why advocacy could be the most difficult and unmeasurable work in our field. For effective advocating activities, I always welcome celebrities’ active involvement. Today, I saw one of the simple, effective song to raise an awareness of Ebola infection in Africa.

Title of the song is “Africa Stop Ebola” sung by the Malian Musicians Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Kandia Kouyate, the Guinean singers Mory Kante and Sia Tolno, the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Congolese vocalist Barbara Kanam and the Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi.

Sung in French, a language spoken widely in West Africa, they stress the importance of trusting doctors, not touching sick or dead people, and proper sanitation and hygiene. The musicians sing:

Ebola, Ebola / invisible enemy

Dear parents / Follow the advice of medical authorities  

Ebola came to hurt us / Respect their advice

Ebola is a problem for us / We cannot greet someone

You cannot kiss someone / It does not mean that person makes you ashamed

It’s just a reality

I personally really love the song! I hope as many as of you can spread this song to raise an awareness of Ebola in the world.


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