Tag: Ebola News


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

11

2014
What Can Be Done to Reduce Stigma and Help Communities Get Beyond Fear

What Can Be Done to Reduce Stigma and Help Communities Get Beyond Fear

In ancient Greece, slaves and traitors and other undesirables were marked or branded to show their lowly status and allow people to shun them. From that practice we get the word stigma, or mark. Today we use the word to describe the discrimination and social shunning people experience for myriad different reasons – sexual orientation, disease status, weight, ethnicity. As Ebola has spread, so has...

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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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Nov

05

2014
Ebola, Hand-washing and Oral Rehydration Therapy

Ebola, Hand-washing and Oral Rehydration Therapy

The question of Ebola communication has focused mainly on, well, Ebola. But beyond knowledge of how the virus is spread and what to do if you get it, there are practices and skills that public health people have been communicating about for decades that can help with prevention and, possibly, survival. Two big ones are hand-washing and Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). Hand-washing is one of...

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Oct

30

2014
Multilingual Video Promotes Positive Action to Prevent Ebola

Multilingual Video Promotes Positive Action to Prevent Ebola

A dozen African musicians, including the Guinean Mory Kanté, the Ivorian Tiken Jah Fakoli, the Malians Salif Keita and Amadou and Mariam, as well as some Congolese musicians, have come together to produce a song called “AFRICA STOP EBOLA” to educate people in Ebola prevention. Written both in French and in indigenous languages spoken widely in the affected regions in Africa including Malinke, Sousou, Bambara and...

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Oct

28

2014
UNICEF and partners conduct Ebola education sessions at schools throughout the capital, Conakry

The Art of Adaptation When Adapting Communication Materials in a Hurry

If you Google “brochure” and “family planning,” you get page after page of links to brochures, most of them to reputable materials you can use. But replace “family planning” with “Ebola,” and there aren’t so many options. The outbreak, and our response, is simply too new. If you are in need of a brochure (or poster or radio spot or whole communication strategy) for Ebola...

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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

13

2014
The triage area of HHI's Ebola Treatment Unit, where patients will be first checked in. Photo courtesy of HHI.

Medical Volunteers Needed for New ETU in Kakata, Liberia

As the Program Director for Heart to Heart International (HHI), I have led medical teams to major disasters, organized continuing education for trauma surgeons in China, built laboratories in Haiti and trained laboratory workers on WHO laboratory standards in Papua New Guinea.


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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Sep

25

2014
In an effort to curb the spread of Ebola in Guinea's, volunteers are managing the dead bodies like here in the village of Koango, in Gueckedou when a girl whose grandmother is suffering from Ebola also deceased. ©afreecom/Idrissa Soumaré

Choosing an SBCC Framework for Ebola

Yesterday, my colleague opened a forum for discussing Ebola on the Springboard for Health Communication and invited me to join. For two months I’ve been following the outbreak on the news, reading about it on listervs and growing more and more concerned about it.



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