The Internews Newsletter for Media in Liberia is created with the intent to support the work of local media in reporting about Ebola and Ebola related issues in Liberia. The newsletter aggregates important information and resources for media so that the information they provided is accurate, consistent and reliable. |Download Issue 7|
Medical Aid Films just released a short new animated film on Ebola in collaboration with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The film is targeted to help educate communities in Guinea about “contact tracing,” vital work being done by health workers to find everyone who has been in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient in order to help stop spread of the disease.
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Our animation follows the story of a contact tracer, Mariam, as she goes about her work – visiting those who have come into contact with a sick Ebola patient, finding those who are showing symptoms, and arranging appropriate care for those who need it. The film will be used by the Government of Guinea and UNFPA in Guinea; and it is freely available in English and French for anyone to download and use, in both standard and mobile formats.
Africa United is a global team of football stars, celebrities, international health bodies and other organizations committed to stopping the spread of Ebola and building a healthier West Africa. Africa United provides critical education, resources and solidarity to those affected by Ebola in West Africa.
Our mission is to help stop the spread of Ebola and protect individuals and communities in affected areas by:
- Driving adherence to positive behavior change messages tailored to current needs
- Instilling confidence in health workers continued efforts in the community
- Catalyzing resource mobilization from public and corporate sources
- Coordinating a synergies amongst government leaders, local NGOs and international humanitarian response organizations
Africa United launched in the fall of 2014 to meet a critical need for support and behavior change messages, and uses the power of celebrity – African footballers – to deliver these messages through media, sports, health and governmental distribution partners. The campaign has produced and distributed a series of videos, radio spots and print materials (e.g., posters, football cards, notebooks) that feature locally influential celebrities delivering health and support messages, and we work closely with CDC in-country teams and NGO partners to adapt materials to rapidly changing needs. To view or download the materials, please visit www.WeAreAfricaUnited.org.
This module covers the basic concepts for evaluating and briefly managing a patient under investigation for Ebola. Although all U.S. healthcare facilities need to screen and promptly identify patients at risk for Ebola, the content of this module is primarily for Ebola Assessment Hospitals. These hospitals need to be capable of initial evaluation and care of these patients for up to 96 hours until Ebola testing is complete and a diagnosis of Ebola is confirmed or ruled out. Plans should be developed and practiced for safely transporting patients within the facility, designating and preparing a patient room and adjacent spaces to be used by staff, training staff on the use of personal protective equipment, laboratory safety, communications, and environmental infection control and waste management, among other topics. Public health authorities should be consulted promptly for additional information and guidance, and to facilitate transfer of the patient to an Ebola Treatment Center, if necessary.
This module provides guidance to frontline and assessment hospitals for developing plans and procedures for safely implementing appropriate isolation precautions for a patient under investigation for Ebola. The module is focused on the emergency department, which is the likely first point of contact. Planning and adhering to these precautions will minimize the risk of infecting patients, staff, and visitors while these patients are evaluated. The module also outlines guidance for coordinating with public health authorities during the evaluation of patients under investigation for Ebola.
Planning and preparedness are the keys to dealing effectively with threats that include infectious diseases caused by SARS and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, novel influenza viruses like H1N1, and Ebola. During outbreaks or epidemics of these emerging infectious diseases, healthcare facilities must carefully monitor the global situation as it evolves and conduct robust planning to promptly identify and safely manage a patient who may be infected and prevent further transmission. This module focuses on preparedness considerations for Ebola and how to engage a multi-disciplinary team to prepare your institution. Planning, preparedness, and practice will protect patients, visitors, and staff.
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