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Village responses to Ebola Virus Disease in Rural Eastern Sierra Leone

Paul Richards, Joseph Amara, Esther Mokuwa, Alfred Mokuwa, Roland Suluku, Eds.: Njala University, (2015)

Second interim report to the SMAC program, DFID Freetown This report provides further output from an anthropological study of 25 villages affected by Ebola Virus Disease in eastern and central Sierra Leone, undertaken as part of the DFID-funded social mobilization initiative for Ebola prevention in Sierra Leone. Eight focus group transcripts for 3 villages in Kenema District are presented, covering local responses to health issues, and Ebola in particular. Supporting material from a matching questionnaire-based study of health behavior and perceived causes of Ebola is also provided. Of particular relevance are two summary tables aggregating the questions villagers asked survey teams about Ebola and quarantine-related issues in villages where the epidemic has in effect ceased to be active

Outbreak Communication

World Health Organization, (2005)

Best practices for communicating with the public during an outbreak

Communication pour un impact comportemental (COMBI)

OMS, UNICEF. FAO, (2012)

Outil pour la communication comportementale et sociale dans le cadre de la riposte aux flambées épidémiques

Communication for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) Toolkit

World Health Organization, (2012)

This field workbook supports the implementation of the interagency (FAO, UNICEF, WHO) “Communication for Behavioural Impact (COMBI): A toolkit for behavioural and social communication in outbreak response”. It is a handheld guide and notebook for applying the WHO COMBI methodology in 7-steps, during an outbreak. It is primarily intended for risk communication, developmental communication and health promotion/education personnel working in multidisciplinary teams to investigate and respond to disease outbreaks. It contains essential tools, checklists, and information needed to design effective behavioural and communication interventions in support of outbreak prevention and control objectives - to limit loss of life and minimize disruption to families, communities and societies

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