Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira, Idris Alba, Others Launch Africa United

Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira and a host of other football stars have teamed up with actor Idris Elba to launch Africa United, a campaign to help with the fight against Ebola.

Players from around the globe who are either African or of African descent have come together to create two PSAs to raise awareness of the campaign and the symptoms of the deadly virus, which has so far killed over 5,600 people.

Premier League stars Yaya Toure, Carlton Cole and Andros Townsend feature alongside ex-pros Patrick Vieira and Fabrice Muamba, while MLS striker Kei Kamara is also involved.

The CDC foundation as well as a number of international health organisations and corporations have also given their backing to Africa United.

Manchester City midfielder Toure said: “I wanted to support this campaign for many reasons. I could not sit back without doing something.
“It is important we don’t treat this as something we just discuss with work colleagues or simply follow on the news for updates – instead our focus should be to do something.”

Elba added: “For me, the battle against Ebola is a personal one. To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific.
“My hope is that, in some small way, through the development of these PSAs and the creation of the Africa United campaign, we can ensure that health workers get the support they need and that health messages are delivered to people on the ground to help them in their fight.”

Using #wevegotyourback, the campaign hopes to rally support on social media too.

For more information, visit www.weareafricaunited.org.