This report looks at community response and public health communications during an infectious disease outbreak.
Public health practitioners say that social issues are as important as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks.
Many people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) don't know what Ebola is and some people are convinced the virus is fiction.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Europe’s emergency risk communication package has been rolled out to the global organization after its use as an effective tool for 13 countries in the WHO European Region.
The findings underscore the practical implications of mistrust and misinformation for outbreak control. These factors are associated with low compliance with messages of social and behavioural change and refusal to seek formal medical care or accept vaccines, which in turn increases the risk of spread of Ebola virus disease..
International officials managing the response may be unaware of local conditions. Spontaneous visits by such people to outbreak areas may be resented by local residents as well as local workers, who are paid a fraction of what their Western counterparts earn.
Public health workers have mounted an unprecedented effort to counter misinformation, saying the success or failure of the Ebola response may pivot on who controls the narrative.
The competencies presented in this report rovide a starting point for developing learning resources for public health informatics professionals.
This toolkit is designed to provide guidance and to share the lessons learned in more than three years of integrating social media into US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health communication campaigns, activities and emergency response efforts.
This checklist is for public health professionals and outlines the critical first steps of a response.