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.


Sep

24

2014
Misinformation Can Be Key Driver of Deadly Ebola

Misinformation Can Be Key Driver of Deadly Ebola

Earlier this month Christopher Graves, CEO for Ogilvy Public Relations*, wrote that “managing Ebola will take powerful communication.” It’s a sensible and thoughtful blog about a horrible disease that is such a public health nightmare for the people of West Africa.


Sep

24

2014
Respond Quickly to Ebola with Community Mobilization

Respond Quickly to Ebola with Community Mobilization

At this stage of Ebola outbreak, health communication is important but it must include a heavy social mobilization component if we expect quick results. Looking at all three Ebola countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), we know the rapid spreading of the disease...


Sep

24

2014
Communication Plays a Critical Role in Ebola Crisis

Communication Plays a Critical Role in Ebola Crisis

During a capacity building workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone, this past June, the mood was understandably tense as Ebola continued to spread from the East. Tea-break conversations became heated about regional responses to it.



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