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Principal Investigators: Sung-Joon Park, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg & Nene Morisho, Pole Institute


The study will examine how humane designs of treatment and care at Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) influence the formation of trust into the response to the EVD epidemic in DRC. The research aims to develop user-friendly recommendations for “Operationalising, Optimising and Humanising treatment and care for EVD” to provide hands-on recommendations to build trust.

Sung-Joon Park & Nene Morisho

Principal Investigators

The current Ebola epidemic in Eastern DRC, again, underlines the importance of building trust in public health response measures. We are seeing incredible innovations in the field of care and treatment of Ebola. However, without trust, these innovations fail to save men and women’s lives. Anthropological research shows that what matters is how patients and their communities are approached, engaged, and asked to participate in the response. Such an approach is crucial for building trust and confidence into a response that often incites fear and suspicion. Our project aims to explore anthropologically how such approaches together with various biomedical innovations help to humanize the response and hence build trust under conditions of great insecurity in Eastern DRC.

Expected Outcomes

The study will address an urgent need to help address community trust in the current response to the Ebola outbreak in DRC. The study team will produce clear recommendations on improved treatment and care for EVD patients, and how to overcome key challenges, directed at operational partners. Dissemination events will be held in Beni, Mabalako, Mandima.

Research Methodology (brief summary)

The study will use anthropological research methods comprising interviews and observational research methods to study humane designs of care and treatment. Anthropological research methods are crucial to investigate the formation of trust under the conditions of extreme insecurity in DRC.

Related Resources

Article, Peer Reviewed Ebola

‘Ebola is a business’: an analysis of the atmosphere of mistrust in the tenth Ebola epidemic in the DRC

Report Ebola

The response to the Ebola virus disease in the eastern of Democratic Republic of Congo

Discussions with a health worker, Centre du Transit Temporaire , Kanzulizuli Health centre in Beni
Triage section, Centre du Transit Temporaire , Kanzulizuli Health centre in Beni

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