Post your #HandsOnHearts photo to show your support for children and communities affected by Ebola.
The need to avoid physical contact during the Ebola crisis has given rise to a new vogue in West Africa – the Ebola greeting. West Africans have invented new gestures, including the hand on heart.
It’s an easy one. Simply place your arm across your chest, and put your hand above your heart. You can tap it once or twice too.
Putting your hand on your heart is a sign that you care.
Join in by posting your #HandsOnHearts pictures to Facebook and Twitter to express your support for children and communtiies affected - with this text:
#HandsOnHearts against #Ebola! Post your image to show solidarity: http://plan-international.org/HandsOnHearts
Don't forget to tag 3 friends to extend the group hug.
Children cut off by Ebola
The Ebola virus is increasingly impacting on the lives of girls and boys through family separation, neglect and abandonment of children, social stigma and discrimination, and inevitable psychosocial distress.
Fear of Ebola is even stopping physical contact between parents and children, or between children and health workers looking after them.
Plan’s emergency response
Plan has a long history of working in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to improve the quality of life of deprived children. In response to the Ebola outbreak, Plan’s priorities are:
To prevent transmission, reduce mortality and provide health and humanitarian assistance to people infected and those at risk, including health care and humanitarian workers and caregivers.
To prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children at risk.