This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of World Vision’s community‐based intervention strategies implemented on EVD knowledge, preventive and treatment care‐seeking practices of community members. The study also explores differences between households containing both children sponsored by World Vision and a documented case of Ebola, and those without.
With more than half of the cases of the epidemic persistently registered in the Western Area District of Sierra Leone, and cases continuing to rise, in late November 2014, the need for the ‘Western Area Surge’ was established. The overall goal of the Surge was to interrupt the alarming upward trend with intensive community engagement and improved service provision over the period 15th December, 2014...
Supported and launched at the highest level, His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, went on National television and radio on the evening of 18 September and declared a “sit at home” for the period from 19 to 21 September 2014 to facilitate the implementation of the nationwide House to House Family Sensitization Campaign. Council chairmen and traditional leaders replicated this symbolic launch with...
The “Hotspot Busters Initiative” was aimed at reducing and eliminating the spread of EVD in hotspot areas as soon as cases appeared. It became a key element of UNICEF’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), in partnership with the Health for all Coalition (HFAC), a local community-based organization with a network of social mobilizers in the field, implemented this intervention at the ward level across the country.
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. 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.
This training draws substantially from the field experience, testing, workshop input and hard work of the staff of Restless Development and GOAL and the experience of agencies and communities across many countries and contexts. The CLEA approach builds on a history of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), and takes inspiration from the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach and its success in Sierra Leone.
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,...