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S4C supports Ebola Crisis Appeal

30/10/2014

S4C has launched a Crisis Appeal to help the thousands of people affected by the spread of the devastating Ebola virus.

Today S4C has joined a number of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Channel Five by supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

This is the first time that the DEC has launched an appeal in response to a disease outbreak, rather than a specific disaster.

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has killed nearly 5000 people and over 10,000 have been infected. Already fragile health services are not able to contain the outbreak, with a severe lack of trained health workers and vital equipment, as well as a dangerous lack of knowledge within communities about how to prevent the spread of the disease.

If the Ebola outbreak continues to grow unabated, the global famine warning system predicts West Africa could experience a major food crisis by January.

To make a donation to the DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, or call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900.

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