Orlando Bloom talks visit to Ebola hit Liberia

By admin
24 March 2015

Orlando Bloom has revealed that Liberian children are “excited to be back in the classroom”.

Many of the country’s schools were shut down for seven months because of Ebola.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor has just returned from a four day visit to Liberia, which was ravaged by the Ebola outbreak last year. Orlando went in his role as Goodwill Ambassador for charity UNICEF and he got the chance to see the safety protocols that have been introduced to reduce the risk of transmission within schools.

'Everyone I met was determined to beat Ebola so that they can resume their normal lives'

“Because of this outbreak, a million children in Liberia have had their school year cut in half," he said about a community close to the border of Sierra Leone, according to USA Today. "They're excited to be back in the classroom but the precautions that every single one of them must follow every day are a reminder of the need to remain vigilant."

These protocols include taking children's temperatures when they arrive at school and making them wash their hands before entering the classroom. The regime has been put in place after two million children were affected by the Ebola outbreak, with hundreds of them dying, or losing parents or primary caregivers.

The father-of-one also got to meet with volunteers and peer educators who have helped raise awareness in how to stop the spread of the deadly virus. UNICEF believe the 38-year-old is the “first high-profile to visit since the Ebola outbreak”.

“Everyone I met was determined to beat Ebola so that they can resume their normal lives," he added after his meeting with leaders in Monrovia. "Communities have been at the centre of the fight against Ebola and must continue to be supported because of their crucial role in getting to zero cases."

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