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.
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.
- Communication for behavioural impact (COMBI)
- Communication for behavioural impact: field workbook
- Key messages for social mobilization and community engagement in intense transmission areas