Principal Investigator: John Kinsman, Umeå University, Sweden
This study took an applied anthropological approach, first examining community perceptions of current Ebola messages and the broader Ebola response, and then developing Ebola treatment-seeking messages that respond to people’s concerns. These messages were then validated in a further, short round of field work, and refined and disseminated to key in-country stakeholders for use.
We are delighted that the timing worked so well, and that we are able to contribute substantively to such a critical national mobilization event
The project has developed a set of gender-sensitive and urban-rural-specific Ebola messages, with accompanying messengers and channels. These have been field-tested and amended accordingly, and then disseminated. A database of visual Ebola messages used in the country has also been built.
Umeå-based researcher presents Ebola report in Sierra LeoneView
As part of a project aimed at developing messages promoting Ebola treatmentseeking behavior in Sierra Leone, Associate Professor John Kinsman from Umeå University in Sweden travelled to Sierra Leone to work with his partnersView
'Don't be so academic' - Messaging on Ebola Treatment Seeking Behaviour in Sierra LeoneView
In August 2014, the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa was declared an International Health Emergency by WHO and within a couple of weeks ELRHA launched a rapid-response call for research to combat the crisis. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Wellcome Trust and ELRHA opened a special funding window through the Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme.
The aim of this emergency call was both to produce robust research findings that could contribute to the effectiveness of the response to the current outbreak and help to draw lessons for future outbreaks of Ebola and other communicable diseases. The projects funded will strengthen the evidence base for the Ebola response in topics ranging from diagnostics to anthropology, surveillance and disease control.
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