Côte d’Ivoire: AfDB, Drogba to establish partnership to fight Ebola

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the Ivorian international footballer Didier Drogba, have agreed to a partnership to fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease.

A communiqué issued by the Pan-African bank on Friday said: "We received Drogba and his Didier Drogba Foundation at the bank. We will establish a partnership with a voice and an important personality to mobilize the resources needed to eradicate Ebola,” said Kaberuka.

Drogba said it was an honor and pride to be associated with the fight against Ebola.

“I call on all African youth to join me in this fight. The Ebola virus is here. The danger is here. I am available to help fight it," the English Premier League club Chelsea player said.

A technical team to be established will work to establish the partnership.

Set up in 2007, the Didier Drogba Foundation provides financial and material assistance to help improve health and education for Africans.

AfDB said Kaberuka was optimistic about the eradication of the Ebola disease, adding that Africa had the means to reach its goals with regard to the epidemic that is causing havoc in West Africa.

The disease has killed more than 5,100 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria has recorded 8 deaths while Mali has 4 deaths. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria and Senegal Ebola-free nations.
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14 november 2014 22:28:49

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