24 Apr 2015
National Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Study on Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia
The Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice (KAP) study was conducted between December 7th and 22nd, 2014, to gauge the success of social mobilization efforts to educate the general public on key Ebola prevention messages in the country. The study design included quantitative and qualitative components. A questionnaire survey from a representative sample of 1,140 households was conducted in 6 purposely selected counties (Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba, River Cess and Grand Cape Mount). Counties were selected to cover a range in the timing and impact of the Ebola epidemic in different parts of Liberia. The qualitative component was included to provide social context, collective understanding, and evolving debates behind static survey responses. It consisted of a series of 28 focus group discussions among 224 men and women conducted around the same time period in the same six counties. Groups were divided by gender and urban-rural residence, with additional groups for those in professional occupations. The topic guide generally followed a similar structure to the survey questionnaire in order to facilitate comparison across both data sources.