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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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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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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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