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Social Science and Behavioural Data Compilation – November 2018

This rapid compilation of data analyses provides a ‘stock-take’ of social science and behavioural data related to the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Based on data gathered and analysed by organisations working in the region, we aimed to explore convergences and divergences between datasets and, when possible, differences by geographic area, […]

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Social Science in Epidemics: Ebola Virus Disease Lessons Learned

This report is the second 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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Social Science in Epidemics: Cholera Lessons Learned

This report is the first 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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Cultural Practices on Burial and Care for the Sick in South Sudan

Literature on cultural practices for burial and care for the sick among individual ethnic groups in South Sudan was very limited. However, it clearly points to the importance of proper burials among all ethnic groups: these typically entail washing the body of the deceased; it can take several days before burial takes place; and graves […]

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Key Considerations: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, North Kivu, DRC

Key considerations: mental health and psychosocial support, North Kivu, DRC This brief summarises key mental health and psychosocial support considerations in relation to the response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, DRC in August 2018. The brief was last updated on 3 October 2018. The brief is based on a rapid […]

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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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WhatsApp and Local Media (Grand Nord) – 9-18 September 2018

This note provides an overview of a selection of key messages related to the Ebola outbreak and response that are circulating on WhatsApp and the local media (radio, print and video) in North Kivu, DRC, between 9-18 September 2018. A series of videos and sound recordings accompany this document. The note was prepared by Dr […]

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Considérations Clés : Evolution des Comportements & des Pratiques en Matière de Recours aux Services de Santé dans le Grand Nord de la Province du Nord-Kivu, en RDC

Cette note stratégique résume les considérations clés relatives aux évolutions des comportements et des pratiques en matière de recours aux services de santé dans le contexte de la flambée épidémique d’Ébola survenue dans le Grand Nord de la province du Nord-Kivu, en RDC, en septembre 2018. D’autres enquêtes participatives doivent être menées auprès des populations […]

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Key Considerations: Changing Behaviours & Care-Seeking Practices in the Grand Nord, North Kivu, DRC

This brief summarises key considerations concerning changes in behaviour and care-seeking practices in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in the Grand Nord of North Kivu, DRC, September 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations related to community engagement have been prioritised. This brief […]

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Local Burial and Mourning Practices: Open-Ended Questions

These questionnaires allow for a rapid quantitative survey (see excel sheet) and qualitative (see word document) appraisal of burial and funeral practices in the context of an Ebola outbreak. The survey uses simple questions that can be used by national volunteers in the response to understand death, burial, funerals (rites or ceremonies), and mourning: gauging […]

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