The people in West Africa have found a new way to fight Ebola. It’s an App. What can just an App do? The App is a part of a campaign called #ISurviveEbola which lets survivors connect with each other and share health advices and their experiences to motivate each other.
This was first initiated by the first Guinean survivor, Fanta, to share her experience. She sent a French message that translates to mean, “Yes, I survived Ebola, thanks to the help of the brave healthcare workers who treated me. And I’ve learned that together, we can defeat this virus and protect our families and communities.”
A-Pillar of Strength and Support for Fellow Ebola Victims: Fanta’s Story of Survival and Solidarity:
A-Pillar of Strength and Support for Fellow Ebola Victims: Fanta’s Story of Survival and Solidarity from #ISurvivedEbola on Vimeo.
When Ebola took all her family members’ lives and affected her, she decided to do something about it. After recovering from her illness with a dedication to the treatment, she initiated it.
This braveheart created a platform where survivor stories from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea deliver vital public health information about Ebola to affected populations and to reduce the stigma faced by Ebola survivors.
A key way in which the campaign does this is by documenting survivor stories in video, audio, and print formats; then disseminating these stories broadly via local, national, and international media, online platforms, and other distributions.
Mother of Many: Ebola Survivor Decontee’s Mission to Help Children Touched by the Outbreak:
Mother of Many: Ebola Survivor Decontee’s Mission to Help Children Touched by the Outbreak from #ISurvivedEbola on Vimeo.
Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions proudly fund this revolutionary project; # ISurvivedEbola is part of the #TackleEbola initiative. It aims to understand the people with Ebola, remove the stigma against them, and make them a hero by projecting their heroic stories. The campaign staff in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are working to provide them with smartphones and the knowledge to use the life-saving App.
Putting Family First: Ebola Survivor Abdul’s Story of Heroism:
Putting Family First: Ebola Survivor Abdul’s Story of Heroism from #ISurvivedEbola on Vimeo.
The latest video narrates the story of a 23-year-old woman who won the battle against Ebola but lost her fiance to it. Her name is Decontee Davis, and she now works in interim care for children fighting this deadly disease. For more such inspiring stories, visit the official website. Know that life is not hopeless, and salute the heroes!