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Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial Participants and Communities in the Setting up the EBOVAC-Salone Vaccine Trial in Sierra Leone
November 21, 2016

Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial ...

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"...understandings of the community in which the trial was being set up have helped the teams to ensure that communities and participants are given an opportunity to voice concerns and to work with them to address mistrust."

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, Results and Lessons
October 3, 2016

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, ...

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"...health-related social media interventions should be grounded in a theory of change, enhance meaningful participation of critical actors in the development process, and address the problem of inequities."

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola
July 11, 2016

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: ...

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“BBC Media Action asserts that lives can be saved if high-quality media and communication is central to planning responses to any future disease outbreak, as opposed to being peripheral to the practical hardware of a response.” This practice ...

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers
April 25, 2016

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers

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"Communities themselves have the power and the agency to halt the spread of Ebola, and their collective actions are the heart of an effective Ebola response." This field guide is a resource book for community mobilisers, field staff, and ...

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone
April 25, 2016

C4D Ebola Surge Mission: Community Level Learnings from Sierra Leone

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This presentation summarises the experience of a communication for development (C4D) specialist who traveled to Sierra Leone (SL) on an Ebola virus disease (EVD) surge mission to support social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) for the ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015."

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social and Behavior Change Communication in Communities Affected by Ebola
March 3, 2016

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social ...

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In a presentation titled "How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications", given with Maria Elena Figueroa, Amanda Berman displayed the PowerPoint attached here to address ...

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications: Abstract
February 22, 2016

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak ...

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"As part of the Ebola response in Liberia, HC3 needed prompt information to develop an effective communication strategy such as the level of knowledge about the Ebola virus, modes of transmission and information needs to help curb the ...

Faith Engagement and Faith Sensitive Behavior Change Messaging: An Alternate Model to Social Behavior Change Communication in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak Response in Sierra Leone: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Faith Engagement and Faith Sensitive Behavior Change Messaging: An Alternate ...

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"The urgent need to engage faith leaders and deliver faith sensitive messaging was evident. In Sierra Leone Muslims and Christians transcend mere interfaith tolerance; they are highly trusted and esteemed. This World Vision (WV) Channels of Hope ...

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of Liberia: Results of a Qualitative Study: Abstract
February 18, 2016

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of ...

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"The results far exceeded expectations of the coordinated response happening at the community level and provided yet another lesson to the development community of the value of community capacity and organization that can take place when ...

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures
February 11, 2016

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures

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"A critical look at the complications and experiences from the perspective of communications and social science holds lessons for future public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks."

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria
February 8, 2016

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria

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"The success of Nigeria's federal and state governments, Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is all the more impressive given the climate of disinformation, intimidation, and violence..."

 Ebola Outbreak, Sierra Leone: Communication Challenges and Good Practices
January 26, 2016

Ebola Outbreak, Sierra Leone: Communication Challenges and Good Practices

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"Early messages designed to change the behaviour were counterproductive, as they failed to take into account deep rooted cultural practices and beliefs and context-specific difficulties. The most efficient messages were adaptable enough to be ...

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and Contact Tracing in Guinea
January 20, 2016

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and ...

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"An informatics system consisting of a mobile health application and business intelligence software was used for collecting and analyzing Ebola contact tracing data. This system offered potential to improve data access and quality to support ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings
October 19, 2015

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

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"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to find missing loved ones and how to protect ...

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information
September 7, 2015

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Information

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"As someone who has worked with and in the media, I ...know that lack of accurate information is a big driver of fear and trauma, which in turn can easily translate into stigma and a withholding of sympathy for those affected by the traumatic ...

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of Liberia: Results of a Qualitative Study
March 4, 2015

Community Perspectives about Ebola in Bong, Lofa and Montserrado Counties of ...

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"Strategic health communication can play a key role in stopping the outbreak, primarily by helping community members recognize and identify how they can modify their religious and cultural practices and behaviors — such as not directly touching ...

Hashtag Standards for Emergencies
December 3, 2014

Hashtag Standards for Emergencies

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This 18-page "Think Brief", published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), discusses the emerging use of social media, particularly Twitter, as part of emergency responses. It outlines the value of ...

GIS Support for the MSF Ebola Response in Guinea in 2014
November 24, 2014

GIS Support for the MSF Ebola Response in Guinea in 2014

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This 46-page case study discusses the experience of using Geographic Information Systems and mapping to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond to the Ebola outbreak in Guinea in early 2014. Over a period of 8 weeks, a GIS ...

7 Key Insights in Using ICT to Improve Ebola Response
November 11, 2014

7 Key Insights in Using ICT to Improve Ebola Response

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This seven point briefing note outlines insights about how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used more effectively to help support Ebola responses. These seven insights were voiced by thought leaders and decision makers ...

Turning the Tide on Ebola: Scaling up Public Health Campaigns Before it's Too Late
November 6, 2014

Turning the Tide on Ebola: Scaling up Public Health Campaigns Before it's ...

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This 4-page briefing document, published by Oxfam International, discusses the importance of public health campaigns in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, arguing that prevention and treatment must go hand-in-hand, and that sufficient ...

6 Ways Technology is Helping to Fight Ebola
October 23, 2014

6 Ways Technology is Helping to Fight Ebola

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Based on consultations with the TechChange Alumni community and other experts in international development and humanitarian assistance, the author of this article, Timo Luego, has pulled together a list of different technologies being applied to ...

Humanitarian crisis in West Africa (Ebola) - Gender Alert: Sept 2014
October 10, 2014

Humanitarian crisis in West Africa (Ebola) - Gender Alert: Sept 2014

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This document, published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Gender in Humanitarian Action, offers guidance on how to take into account the different needs of women, girls, boys and men in order to make the ...

Applying COMBI to Ebola Control in Yambio, Southern Sudan
October 25, 2012

Applying COMBI to Ebola Control in Yambio, Southern Sudan

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This publication details the on-the-ground Communication-for-Behavioural-Impact (COMBI) strategies used with Ebola virus in Southern Sudan in April 2004. As described here: when the outbreak was detected, the World Health Organization (WHO) ...

August 25, 2010

Addressing Sex and Gender in Epidemic-prone Infectious Diseases

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This World Health Organization (WHO) document brings together findings from a broad range of disciplines to explore the role of gender and sex in the transmission and control of epidemic-prone infecti

Determinants of Ebola Preparedness in a Representative Sample of the Populations in Vulnerable Areas in Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Determinants of Ebola Preparedness in a Representative Sample of the ...

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"The objective of this study was to find the relevant socio-psychological factors of behavior intentions related to the prevention of an Ebola outbreak and hand washing with soap in a representative sample of the populations in vulnerable areas ...

January 21, 2006

Media Coverage: Avian Influenza

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June 27, 2005

Traditional Healers Seen as Key to Beating Marburg Virus

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This article describes a communication campaign on the part of Angola's Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, that seeks to help prevent the further outbreak of Marburg a highl

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