Emergencies preparedness, response

Community engagement and social mobilization

Sustained engagement and communication with community groups active at the local level helps build trust and confidence in response efforts, and enables community participation and action for the Ebola response.

Dr Kande-Bure O'bai Kamara, WHO Ebola response team, having discussion with Bai Bantha Nkenedie II, the Paramount Chief of Buya Romende Chiefdom on setting up a community care centre, one of the first to set up and running in Sierra Leone.
Dr Kande-Bure O'bai Kamara, WHO Ebola response team, having discussion with Bai Bantha Nkenedie II, the Paramount Chief of Buya Romende Chiefdom on setting up a community care centre, one of the first to set up and running in Sierra Leone.
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During the current Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak there have been many fears and rumours resulting in dangerous actions arising from caring for loved ones at home and touching people who have died of EVD at traditional funerals. Increasingly, community engagement will be essential for finding new cases of EVD, and tracing contacts of people who are sick with EVD or have died from the disease.

Community members will need training in many aspects of the response so that they too can contribute safely and effectively to stopping the transmission of this deadly disease.

On this page you will find WHO guidance and materials on community engagement and social mobilization that are technically sound and culturally appropriate, relevant and feasible for communities to act upon.


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