Guinea faces "daunting" challenges in fighting Ebola

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In Liberia, adolescent girls trained by UNICEF and partners are part of Adolescents Leading the Intensive Fight against Ebola, or A-LIFE. Photo: UNICEF/Cody Griggers

Community mobilization is essential to combat the deadly Ebola virus.

However in Guinea it is very difficult to ask people to change their behaviour

That's the view of a spokesperson for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) who has just returned from a mission to the country where Ebola was first identified a year ago.

In September a mob of villagers in the West African country attacked a community action team and killed nine people after reportedly believing that Ebola was a government conspiracy.

The virus has claimed the lives of over 6,000 people in the region, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

UNICEF's Christophe Boulierac discussed his trip to Guinea with Daniel Johnson.

Duration: 4'17"

 

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