Jennifer Lawrence teamed up with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright and Mahershala Ali to inform us on the staggering statistics, call people to action on how to help those affected in parts of West Africa, and to raise awareness about this worldwide crisis and the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
The actors explain in the video that “Ebloa is not a death sentence”. However, in some parts of West Africa, the rate of survival once affected is only 20% – particularly in the hardest hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
This is due to critically ill patients’ lack of access to the same medical treatment as Americans (such as IV fluids, electrolytes, food), lack of fully equipped, modern hospitals and lack of well-trained medical professionals.
The cast came together with the Ebola Survival Fund (ESF), an organization who works to “support a coalition of community-based organizations working in Liberia and Sierra Leone in order to complement the efforts of the larger-scale programs being implemented by international organizations.”
In the past year, there have been 19,648 cases of Ebola, of which 19,643 were confirmed in West Africa alone. All 8 American patients who were treated in American hospitals have survived.
In a moment of levity, Josh asks Jennifer what would happen if she got Ebloa? She shook her head and replied, “I’d be fine”.
Go to the ESF website to learn more about their mission and to donate.