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WATCH: The aftermath of a teenager's Ebola death

A suspicion of vaccines and stigma around Ebola can have devastating affects.

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IRISH NGO WORLD Vision Ireland will be working on vaccinating people against Ebola in West Africa.

It will work on the ground to “build trust amongst communities for the vaccine and to dispel misconceptions about the Ebola virus and the vaccine itself”.

Helen Keogh, Chief Executive of World Vision Ireland, explained:

The stigma surrounding Ebola, coupled with a suspicion of vaccines in general, may deter people from getting vaccinated. World Vision Ireland, along with its partners, will develop a communication strategy and tools to promote the acceptance and uptake of new Ebola vaccines.

The NGO will train community leaders, including faith leaders, in using the correct scientific knowledge when discussing Ebola and the vaccination with their communities.

It will also work on a reminders being sent using mobile phones to people about receiving booster jabs.

World Vision Ireland was chosen by Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) to support this Ebola+ Vaccine programme.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Africa has killed over 8000 people so far.

An Ebola funeral

Meanwhile, Plan Ireland has released this footage of the aftermath of a teenager’s death of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The teenage boy’s friend, Tyson Conteh, recites the poem Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep, as footage shows how upset people are over the death of the young person.

Footage may be distressing to some readers.

Source: PlanIreland/YouTube

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