A campaign launched by the World Olympians Association to help raise awareness and funds to tackle the spread of Ebola in West Africa has been joined by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), it was announced today.
The IPC has pledged its support to #TargetEbola, an online and social media campaign which already has the support of Prince Albert II of Monaco and six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, as well as a number of world governing bodies, including SportAccord, World Rugby, the International Golf Federation and the International Union of Modern Pentathlon.
"The IPC recognises the devastating nature of this terrible disease and as an organisation we are keen to do everything we can to help those affected," said Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC.
"One of the aims of the Paralympic Movement is to build a bridge linking sport and social awareness and this extends to issues such as the Ebola crisis.
"In many ways the Paralympic values of courage, determination and inspiration are present in the healthcare workers and volunteers putting themselves at risk trying to fight the virus in West Africa.
Latest figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show the disease is still rampant.
The death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stands at 6,388, while the number of those infected with the virus is close to 18,000.
"The continued suffering by those affected by Ebola highlights why the #TargetEbola campaign is so important," said WOA President Joël Bouzou.
"Our goal is to mobilise the international sporting community and draw attention to how the public around the world can raise awareness and essential funds for the people who need it most.
"I would like to thank Sir Phillip Craven and the IPC for their support and I believe that by working collaboratively with other sporting bodies we can make a real difference."
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