The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mobilized its team of top football players to compete against a Saint Etienne All Stars, in France’s Ligue 1 club to raise both funds for and awareness to help West African nations recover from the Ebola virus crisis.
Two thirds of the match proceeds will be used for recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where more than 20,000 people have lost their lives to the deadly disease.
However, death and suffering are only part of the crisis. The outbreak has caused a wide spread socio-economic crisis of unprecedented proportion, with a real risk that economic and social gains achieved in the three countries could be halted or even reversed.
UNDP is leading the United Nations response on Ebola recovery and is coordinating early recovery actions in the three countries.
Although a friendly match, the players competed as if it were a World Cup playoff, ending with 7 goals for the team of all-stars from UNDP, and the Saint Etienne All Stars winning with 9 goals.