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Jan

19

2016
After Ebola, Promoting New ‘Gold Star’ Brand to Increase Use of Health Services

After Ebola, Promoting New ‘Gold Star’ Brand to Increase Use of Health Services

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) team in Guinea is working with the communities hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak to rebuild both trust in the health system and the quality of care received. HC3’s approach incorporates evidence-based Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC), capacity-building and quality-improvement interventions. In collaboration with Jhpiego and the Ministry of Health, HC3 is revamping a quality brand—entitled “Etoile d’Or,”...

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Dec

08

2015
Community councillors doing education outreach with Ebola survivors, about combatting stigma. André Smith/Internews

The Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Scicomm as a matter of life and death – Part 2 of 2

*This post originally appeared in PLOS | blogs. The resurgence of Ebola in Liberia in late June 2015, seven weeks after the country had been declared Ebola free, put a spotlight on how the disease is transmitted, and brought the issue of sexual transmission to the forefront. With this shift away from coping with a national health emergency to dealing with what may now be a “new normal,”  different public health messages are required...

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Aug

19

2015
Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Ebola Information

Fighting Fear and Stigma with Accurate Ebola Information

In July 2015, three months after the last person who had succumbed to the dreadful Ebola virus was buried, Liberians woke to the news that a 17-year old young man had died of the virus. Liberia was no longer considered Ebola-free. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words, “The only thing to fear is fear itself” have stayed with me since the first news stories broke about the...

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Jul

23

2015
As Ebola Epidemic Wanes, Transform Complacency with this Ebola Preparedness I-Kit

As Ebola Epidemic Wanes, Transform Complacency with this Ebola Preparedness I-Kit

It’s a win for Ebola prevention efforts that over 120 people in Liberia were placed under observation due to a resurgent outbreak in the country, even after it was declared Ebola-free. This signals that Liberia’s containment efforts are still strong. But it’s essential to remain vigilant: as the epidemic wanes, public complacency around sustaining behaviors that prevent Ebola transmission could be a barrier to stemming the flow of new cases for good. This new Ebola Preparedness...

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Apr

15

2015
Liberia’s Information Minister receives audio equipment from HC3’s Teah Doegmah.

Liberia’s MICAT To Use Audio Equipment from HC3 for Public Health Outreach

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has provided audio equipment to the Liberian Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) in Monrovia to help it improve its outreach to the public in case of another public health crisis such as Ebola.


Mar

23

2015
Radio Program “Kick Ebola From Liberia” Shifts Focus; Addresses Immunizations, Education

Radio Program “Kick Ebola From Liberia” Shifts Focus; Addresses Immunizations, Education

‘Kick Ebola From Liberia’ is a weekly radio programme produced in Liberian English that launched last November. The show is broadcast across the country 112 times a week on more than 20 partner stations. Early on, our aim was to provide information and discussion about how to avoid catching the Ebola virus, obtaining early treatment, practicing safe burials and breaking the chains of transmission. But...

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Nov

17

2014
Anna Helland, far right, in the HC3 Monrovia field office with Marietta Yekeh (center) and Teah Doegmah (left)

Rebuilding Trust in a Place “Worse than War”

As soon as I arrived in Monrovia – actually before I even arrived, as I flew in from Brussels on a near empty plane – I was forced to face the emotional effects of the Ebola outbreak.


Nov

06

2014
On the Ground in West Africa: Elizabeth Serlemitsos

On the Ground in West Africa: Elizabeth Serlemitsos

Everywhere I go in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, they take my temperature. Eating at a restaurant? There’s someone wielding a thermometer at the door. Headed into a building for a meeting? Same thing. Even when I pull up to park at the apartment building where I am staying, I have to roll down my window so an attendant can hold a thermometer up to...

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Oct

21

2014
USAID official being interviewed by local journalists about its initiative with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to provide 9,000 household protection kits as part of the response to help Liberians fight Ebola. Each kit includes biohazard bags, soap, PPE, and gloves. Photo by Morgana Wingard

Let’s Not Poison the Well – How the Media Can Help Combat Ebola-related Stigma

I’ve been reading a book on HIV prevention in which the French anthropologist, sociologist and physician, Didier Fassin[1] is quoted as saying that epidemics are moments of truth for society, when power and knowledge become manifest. I keep thinking of Fassin’s words in light of the Ebola outbreak, the fear and panic that is integral to the story, and the profound effect that stigma has...

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Oct

08

2014
New Ebola Communication Network Houses Ebola Resources and Tools

New Ebola Communication Network Houses Ebola Resources and Tools

The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) on Wednesday launched the Ebola Communication Network (ECN), an online collection of Ebola resources, materials and tools from and for the global health community. As global health experts continue to grapple with the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, HC3’s funding agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other partners – the Centers for...

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