The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has announced the end of its one-month awareness and sensitization campaign "Stop the Stigma against Ebola Survivors and Ebola is still real."
The 1st vice president and secretary general Musa Shannon and Alphonso Armah in separate interviews said the anti-Ebola Stigma campaign ran from December 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015.
The campaign, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation valued about US$13,000.00.
Armah said the campaign focused on stigmatizing survivors, ensuring tolerance, empathy and understanding.
He said the campaign was successful through the support of former Lone Star players.
Shannon added that the ‘Stop the Ebola Stigma against Survivors’ message was spread through interviews and radio talk shows, as well as in newspapers, banners on buildings and on bus stops, including football games, amongst others.
He thanked the Ministry of Information for their partnership, which provided them the platform to speak to over 3, 000, 0000 Liberians through its regular ‘Ebola Hour.’
He also hailed the media – radios, newspapers and internet users and bloggers for their coverage.
The frontliners were former players of the George Weah 11, who are currently serving as coaches.
They included former international players of Christopher Wreh, (Arsenal), James Salinsa Debbah, (A.S Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais, OGC Nice and Paris Saint-Germain) and Kervin Sebwe, who played in France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Greece.
The rest: Musa Shannon, (Tampa Bay Tunity and Carolina Dynamo in the US), Dionysius "Dion" Sebwe, (Park College and the Kansas City Wiz) and Oliver Markor, (Greece).