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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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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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Considérations Clés: Inhumation, Funérailles et Pratiques du Deuil dans la Province du Nord-Kivu en RDC

Cette note stratégique résume les considérations sociaux-culturelles clés concernant les événements inhérents aux décès, aux inhumations, aux funérailles (rites ou cérémonies), et aux deuils dans le contexte de la flambée épidémique d’Ébola d’août 2018 dans les provinces du Nord-Kivu et d’Ituri. Les croyances et les pratiques en lien avec le décès, l’inhumation, les rites funéraires […]

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Key Considerations: Burial, Funeral and Mourning Practices in North Kivu Province, DRC

This brief summarises key socio-cultural considerations of events related to death, burial, funerals (rites or ceremonies), and mourning in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, DRC, August 2018. Beliefs and practices related to death, burial, funeral rites and mourning can (i) directly impact the transmission of Ebola and […]

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Considérations Clés: Inhumation, Funérailles et Pratiques de Deuil dans la Province de l’Équateur, RDC

Cette note stratégique résume les problèmes sociaux-culturels clés liés à des événements en rapport avec les décès, l’inhumation, les funérailles, (rites ou cérémonies), et le deuil dans le contexte de la flambée épidémique d’Ébola en RDC, en juin 2018. Une analyse plus complète devrait être faite, mais en raison de la transmission qui se poursuit, […]

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Key Considerations: Burial, Funeral and Mourning Practices in Équateur Province, DRC

This brief summarises key socio-cultural considerations concerning events related to death, burial, funerals (rites or ceremonies), and mourning in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, June 2018. Further participatory inquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations for safe and dignified burial practices and related […]

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Understanding Social Resistance to the Ebola Response in the Forest Region of the Republic of Guinea: An Anthropological Perspective

Why did Ebola response initiatives in the Upper Guinea Forest Region regularly encounter resistance, occasionally violent? Extending existing explanations concerning local and humanitarian “culture” and “structural violence,” and drawing on previous anthropological fieldwork and historical and documentary research, this article argues that Ebola disrupted four intersecting but precarious social accommodations that had hitherto enabled radically […]

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Missing Bodies and Secret Funerals: The Production of “Safe and Dignified Burials” in the Liberian Ebola Crisis

During the height of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, public health responders and the international media focused on dead bodies as sites of disease transmission when early contact tracing discovered the relationship between attendance at funerals and emerging clusters of new cases. Anthropologists were central to the emergence of new protocols for “safe and […]

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