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An Exploratory Study to Examine the Effectiveness of Community Based Ebola Virus Disease Prevention and Management Strategies in Bo District, Sierra Leone

An Exploratory Study to Examine the Effectiveness of Community Based Ebola Virus Disease Prevention and Management Strategies in Bo District, Sierra Leone

Author: 
Anbrasi Edward
Casey Risko
Hossein Zare
Meera Pranav
Tiffany Tran
Allieu Bangura
Michael Belmoh
Raymond Owusu
Publication Date
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Johns Hopkins University (Edward, Risko, Zare, Pranav, Tran); World Vision, Sierra Leone (Bangura, Belmoh, Owusu)

"During the Ebola crisis, World Vision Sierra Leone contributed to helping change the beliefs about Sierra Leone's health system."

Conducted in the context of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, this study assessed the effectiveness of World Vision (WV) Sierra Leone's community-based efforts to increase Ebola virus disease (EVD) knowledge and to influence preventive and treatment-seeking practices in Bo Area Development Program (ADP). The study also explored differences between households with children who were sponsored by WV and had a documented case of Ebola, and those without. Furthermore, it provides an analysis of the community's perspective of the health system during the Ebola crisis, with a specific focus on the factors (facilitating and impeding) that impacted health-seeking behaviours. The findings may have implications for other future health emergencies in countries with weak healthcare systems.

  <div class="field button"><a href="http://ebolacommunicationnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Evidence-of-World-Visions-Community-Engagement-on-Ebola-Virus-Disease-Knowledge-and-Careseeking_011817.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to for the 65-page in PDF format.</a></div>
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Source: 

Ebola Communication Network website, November 14 2019. Image credit: ©2016 World Vision/photo by Sahr Ngaujah.

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