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COVID-19 RCCE Strategies for Cross-Border Movement in Eastern and Southern Africa

This brief focuses on cross-border movement in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and its implications for development of risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) strategies aimed at preventing transmission of COVID-19 in the ESA region. Given the extensive risk of cross-border transmission of the virus and the imminent reopening of borders, such strategies are essential […]

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Community Responses to the Ebola Response: Beni, North Kivu

Since July 2013, a series of massacres have occurred in the Beni territory of North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo, an area heavily affected by the current Ebola outbreak. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands have been displaced (Congo Research Network, 2016, 2017). The kidnappings and mass killings transformed […]

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Social Science in Epidemics: Influenza and SARS Lessons Learned

This report is the third instalment of the ‘Social Science in Epidemics’ series, commissioned by the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Direct Assistance (OFDA). In this series, past outbreaks are reviewed in order to identify social science ‘entry points’ for emergency interventions and preparedness activities. The aim is to determine tangible ways to address the […]

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The Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia: Improving Community Awareness for Disease Surveillance

At the time of the 2014–2015 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, Liberia was still recovering from years of civil war and unrest. The country’s infrastructure was very poor, especially in rural regions, where people could not easily travel because of the lack of adequate roads. Liberia’s health system was also weakened by the civil war, leaving health facilities struggling to respond to the EVD outbreak […]

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World Health Organization Weekly Epidemiological Record: Special Edition on Ebola

Although social scientists have long worked in public health emergencies, the value of including social science intelligence in response strategies became highly visible during the epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa in 2014–2016. The key application of social science is to contextualise the response, which should be done in 2 ways. First, by understanding important features of the […]

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Ebola Preparedness and Traditional Healers in South Sudan

This review focuses on the evidence on Ebola preparedness in South Sudan through an anthropological lens, looking at informal and traditional health care systems. It presents the evidence on how these can be utilised for surveillance, behaviour change communication, and vaccinations in the case of an Ebola outbreak, including: establishing surveillance of these services and […]

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Risk Communication and Community Engagement Preparedness and Readiness Framework: Ebola Response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in North Kivu

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) is an essential part of any disease outbreak response. Risk communication in the context of an Ebola outbreak refers to real time exchange of information, opinion and advice between frontline responders and people who are faced with the threat of Ebola to their survival, health, economic or social wellbeing. Community engagement refers to mutual partnership between Ebola response teams and […]

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Considérations Clés: Engagement des Communautés Twa dans la Province de l’Équateur, RDC

Cette note stratégique résume les principales considérations socio-anthropologiques concernant les «communautés autochtones» dans le contexte de la flambée épidémique d’Ébola en RDC, en juin 2018. Une analyse plus complète devrait être faite avec la population affectée, mais en raison de la transmission qui se poursuit, la priorité a été accordée à la communication des points […]

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Key Considerations: Engaging Twa Communities in Équateur Province

This brief summarises key socio-anthropological considerations regarding ‘indigenous communities’ in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, June 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken with the affected population, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations for the response and immediate recommendations related to engaging communities in Équateur Province have been prioritised. […]

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Les Considérations Sociaux‐Culturelles pour l’introduction du Vaccin et l’Engagement Communautaire

Ce dossier résume les problèmes sociaux-culturels clés, liés à l’introduction du vaccin (sVSV-­ZEBOV) en RDC concernant la flambée épidémique d’Ébola en mai 2018. Nous devrions en parler davantage, mais étant donné l’introduction imminente du vaccin, la priorité a été accordée à la transmission des considérations clés et des recommandations immédiates, en particulier pour l’engagement communautaire. […]

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