Two thirds of the money raised will go to helping those affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
The match, the UNDP’s twelfth edition of the Match Against Poverty, will take place in France’s Saint-Etienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard stadium on Apr. 20 and will feature other soccer stars also. Two thirds of the money raised will go to helping those affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
The other third will be donated to the Saint-Etienne’s Association, which promotes and develops social programs in the French city.
“While all efforts to stop Ebola are continuing, thorough recovery from its many consequences for the societies and economies of the epicenter countries must be planned now,” said UNDP administrator Helen Clark.
The most recent Ebola outbreak has killed 8,921 people and infected as many as 22,334, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ebola a form of haemorrhagic fever with immediate symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with those infected patients as well as unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.