04 Nov 2016
Hotspot Busters Initiative – Sierra Leone
An unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic began in the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone in the spring of 2014 and reached its peak in November. The epidemic which has ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia has been characterized by WHO as “the largest, most complex and most severe we’ve ever seen.” With cases surging, there was a need to identify “hotspots” of outbreak and coordinate efforts to conduct social mobilization activities immediately in order to reduce spread and educate the community members and empower them as partners in fighting the disease.
Brandon Desiderio is the web specialist for Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3). He's a communication for development professional with background in social media marketing, digital journalism and web development. Before joining the HC3 team and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, he worked for Catholic Relief Services. His interests include community ownership, utilizing media as a force for positive social change, innovative communication technologies, and program design for gender and sexual minorities. Brandon holds a BA in Communication from Cabrini College.