Jennifer Lawrence has joined the fight against Ebola.
The actress joins her Hunger Games co-stars in a new film that urges the public not to worry about the impact the virus could have in the US, instead focusing on the conditions in West Africa, where the disease is most prolific.
The public service announcement (PSA) - for the Ebola Survival Fund - asserts that help is still urgently needed to combat the virus. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, and Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer also feature in the project, each reading statistics and statements about Ebola and the conditions in West Africa.
“What would happen if you got Ebola,” Hutcherson asks Lawrence.
“I’d be fine,” she replies.
“We’ve got a lot of doctors,” says Hutcherson.
The film was created by Hunger Games actor Jeffrey Wright.
“We were so blind to the differences between the conditions (in the United States) and the conditions (in West Africa) that we thought that the virus could be equally potent here at home,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“I just found it intensely ignorant, not only of the realities in West Africa, but also enormously lacking in self-awareness about who we are, what we’re capable of, and what our privileged position in the world community means.”
There have, to date, been 19695 Ebola cases and 7,693 resulting deaths.Reuse content