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Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next
October 4, 2016

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to ...

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Author: James Thomas, cross-posted on October 4 2016 - Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the ...

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication
August 2, 2016

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication

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Author: Christopher Graves, August 8 2014 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Whether the world's scariest outbreak of Ebola can be managed may come down to communications. Can governments, NGOs [non-governmental ...

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola
July 6, 2016

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, July 6 2016 - Since the World Health Organisation declared Zika a global public health emergency in February of this year, much attention has been brought to bear on applying lessons learned during the ...

Love in the time of Ebola
November 12, 2015

Love in the time of Ebola

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Author: Yvonne MacPherson, November 12 2015 - It's not a stretch of the imagination to consider the potential risk posed by global health threats to us all. We've just seen how Ebola impacted the region of West Africa and scared people much ...

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola
October 28, 2015

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola

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Author: Kelly William Doley, October 28 2015 - The Ebola crisis revealed that a dearth of ICT [information and communication technology] capacity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone prevented or greatly impeded access to and the exchange of ...

Ebola: audience research by mobile phone
April 21, 2015

Ebola: audience research by mobile phone

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Author: Dorothy Peprah, April 21 2015 - As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training ...

Three Examples of Why Content Is King and Context Shapes the Package
March 25, 2015

Three Examples of Why Content Is King and Context Shapes the Package

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Author: Damalie Wasukira, March 25 2015 - Without understanding context, one can't communicate effectively. Considering context in communication means you consider the framework of related facts, conditions and circumstances within which the ...

By bike, by bus and by boat: Our Ebola radio show's incredible bi-weekly journey across Sierra Leone
March 23, 2015

By bike, by bus and by boat: Our Ebola radio show's incredible bi-weekly ...

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Author: Paul Massaquoi, March 23 2015: What do a priest, a boat, a bus and a bike have in common? Despite sounding like the start of a bad joke this is in fact an important part of our strategy for circulating and transmitting our life-saving ...

A dramatic approach to Ebola
January 8, 2015

A dramatic approach to Ebola

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Author: Mary Kolu Massaquoi, January 8 2015 - I recently spent a week away from my home in Bradford, in the north of England, working with a team in London on scripts for a new BBC Media Action radio drama for West Africa called Mr Plan-Plan and ...

Ebola communication tips for health officials
December 23, 2014

Ebola communication tips for health officials

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Authors: Claire Hooker and Julie Leask, originally published on November 5 2014, cross-posted on January 5 2015: Listen up, health officials - here's how to reduce "Ebolanoia".

Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: What is not going on right?
December 12, 2014

Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone: What is not going on right?

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Author: Ibrahim Sesay, December 13 2014 - I have been closely monitoring the various interventions that had been and are still being undertaken by the government of Sierra Leone and its stakeholders to address the dreadful Ebola epidemic in the ...

Safe burials will save lives
November 26, 2014

Safe burials will save lives

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, November 26 2014 - As a radio presenter here in Sierra Leone, I'm certainly not used to being asked for my own views live on air. It’s normally me who asks all the tough questions. So imagine my surprise when I was ...

Powerful and trusted: why radio is needed to fight Ebola
November 19, 2014

Powerful and trusted: why radio is needed to fight Ebola

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Author: Caroline Nursey, November 19 2014  - On first sight, Freetown seems little changed from my last visit four years ago - the same rich colours, smiling faces and warm welcomes. And there are signs of continued recovery from the war and ...

In the Ebola crisis, information is aid
November 14, 2014

In the Ebola crisis, information is aid

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Author: Caroline Nursey, November 14 2014 - When I told them that I was planning a brief visit to Sierra Leone, reactions from family and friends ranged from "You can't!" to hailing me a hero.  In reality my visit entailed nothing at all ...

Help where it is needed most
November 14, 2014

Help where it is needed most

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Author: Kirsty Cockburn, November 14 2014 - Our work to tackle the Ebola crisis reminds us that we all have a part to play. I played the public service announcement (PSA) to a room full of BBC colleagues in Bristol [United Kingdom]. It was the ...

Tackling fear of Ebola on the airwaves
October 28, 2014

Tackling fear of Ebola on the airwaves

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Author: Mariama Khai Fornah, October 28 2014 - Here in Sierra Leone, the Ebola virus continues to spread, and misinformation spreads with it.

Ebola's Legacy Can Be a Thriving Community Health System
October 20, 2014

Ebola's Legacy Can Be a Thriving Community Health System

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Author: Raj Panjabi, October 20 2014 - With war or a disease like Ebola, fear is natural. It seems like people all around you are dying. People you love, people you take care of, people who take care of you. In such a context of enormous grief, ...

How people behave really matters to health
October 7, 2014

How people behave really matters to health

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Author: Caroline Sugg, October 6 2014 - The Ebola emergency in West Africa shines a fresh light on the way in which peoples' everyday actions are critical to maintaining public health.

Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide?
September 15, 2014

Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide?

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Author: Willie Ngumi, September 15 2014 - It’s not the first time I’ve heard of Ebola.  Every time the epidemic has raised its ugly head, it has been a fairly safe distance from me.  And like any other human being, I figured it was ...

The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common
September 5, 2014

The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common

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Author: Heidi J Larson, PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Dept. Global Health, University of Washington, September 5 2014 - The myriad of challenges contributing to the persisting spread of Ebola in West Africa - the ...

Ebola in Sierra Leone: new radio shows join the fight
September 3, 2014

Ebola in Sierra Leone: new radio shows join the fight

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Author: Musa Sangarie, BBC Media Action, September 3 2014 - A couple of weeks ago in the middle of the night, phones started ringing across Sierra Leone. Despite the late hour, people were calling to pass on the latest rumour about Ebola that ...

Entertainment Media Can Help Change Behaviors and Stop the Ebola Outbreak
August 22, 2014

Entertainment Media Can Help Change Behaviors and Stop the Ebola Outbreak

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Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of the ...

Using radio to respond to Ebola in Sierra Leone
July 29, 2014

Using radio to respond to Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Author: Musa Sangarie, July 29 2014 - For the past four years, the BBC Media Action team here in Sierra Leone has been building the skills of radio stations' producers and journalists across the country. We've trained community journalists on how ...

Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!
February 24, 2015

Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer. The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal ...

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