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Strengthening Community Participation in Early and Pre-school Bilingual Intercultural Education (APEDIBIMI)

This early and pre-school bilingual programme for girls and boys of the Maya Ixchil indigenous community has been developed in the department of El Quiché, Guatemala through community participation

Communication Strategies: 

The APEDIBIMI methodology intends to optimise early education through the joint efforts of various actors including APEDIBIMI, the Guatemalan Ministry of Education the communities, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Ixil indigenous area of the province of Quiché has 20 bilingual Ixil/Spanish nursery schools decorated with bright colours, drawings, and bilingual posters. When children come to school, each chooses one of three ‘corners’ identified in the classroom: language and communication; logical thinking; or artistic expression. After spending some time in these corners, they gather around for a ‘dialogue in chorus’ to openly express themselves. Both languages are spoken in the school by children and adults. Teachers are selected from the community. The parents are directly involved in the educational process, going over at home what the children have learned in the classroom and collaborating on making classroom toys or preparing school snacks.

UNICEF implements workshops to keep teachers updated, train mothers in early education, and deliver support materials. The programme trains mothers of children under three on the importance of early education, stimulation, and health care. Workshops include capacity building for health promoters and teachers and organised circles of interaction on themes related to the curriculum, including comparing it to the national standards.

Meetings of parents in the programme include local community leaders and elaborate what the community and parents can do to support the schools. These meetings also provide parents with guidance on how to support their children's education.

Development Issues: 

Education, Children

Key Points: 

The project focuses on the geographic region called the Ixil triangle, identified by the centralised communities of Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal. In 2005, the project included 40 teachers, 25 health promoters, 1,771 children from 0-6 years old, and 700 parents. Community- and school-based projects included a festival of stories and legends for children, a document on the rights of children, an exchange of information and experiences among the promoters and teachers from all the communities, a student exchange of experiences for those entering first grade, and special attention for the needs of 34 youths. Parents met to make toys from local materials for the schools. The education ministry (MINEDUC) certified the teachers and registered the schools. MINEDUC is also involved with ongoing curriculum formation and provision of materials.

Partner Text: 

APEDIBIMI, UNICEF, Ministry of Education, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Volens/Itinerans, Global Fund for Children, Proyecto Ixil, Red de Información para el Pueblo (the Information Network for the People), Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria Ixil (The Centre of Community Communication Ixil), SERJUS - Servicios Juridicos y Sociales (Legal and Social Services), the Work Group.

Source: 

The UNICEF website and the Volens America website, December 15 2010. Image: UNICEF Guatemala

Supporting the Peace Process in Guatemala

Since 1997, the international peacebuilding organisation Interpeace has been working with 8 national partners of Foro de Organizaciones Sociales en Temas de Seguridad (FOSS) to support the peace proce

Communication Strategies: 

This initiative uses interpersonal communication in an effort to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations specialising in security issues to work with the state (from the military to the police, Parliament, and the Office of the President) to elaborate public policy and establish mechanisms for citizen control and monitoring of the security sector. It is implemented in partnership with 8 FOSS national partners and in close collaboration with the Congress and the Advisory Council on Security, which serves as an institutionalised platform between civil society and the Office of the President. This collaborative strategy is designed to create a constructive relationship between political institutions and local citizens in order to formulate more effective public policies.

In its third phase, the initiative is continuing along these strategic lines, working together with the state to support the implementation of the National Security System, which FOSS staff have played a central role in developing. Interpeace is also working to strengthen the capacity of civil society groups to participate in the advancement of democratic security, to the end of hopefully allowing these groups to make informed joint policy proposals and inputs to legislative debates. Finally, organisers are facilitating focused face-to-face dialogues between the state and civil society on various aspects of democratic security and consolidating the institutional mechanisms for such dialogue.

Development Issues: 

Conflict, Democracy and Governance.

Key Points: 

According to Interpeace, years after the signing of the Peace Accords on December 28 1996 that brought a formal end to 36 years of brutal civil war, Guatemala remains a fragile democracy. It has seen a rise in violent crime, the growing threat of youth gangs (pandillas or maras), and drug trafficking and money laundering. The homicide rate is higher than during the civil war. In this context, "[s]ecurity has become a primary concern for both the population and the political elite. In turn, rising insecurity is encouraging repressive measures with a recourse to autocratic habits and army involvement in what should be domestic police responsibility. These trends threaten basic democratic principles and institutions, including human rights and public confidence in the state and its institutions. Confronted by all these challenges, the ability of the Guatemalan state to formulate and implement policies remains weak. Security problems constitute the main threat to democratic governance and reflect the unfinished security sector reform processes spelled out in the Peace Agreements."

Partner Text: 

Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES), Asociación para el Estudio y Promoción de la Seguridad Democrática (SEDEM), Centro de Estudios de Guatemala (CEG), Fundación Myrna Mack (FMM), Incidencia Democrática (IDEM), Instituto de Enseñanza para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES), Instituto de Estudios Comparados en Ciencias Penales de Guatemala (ICCPG), Universidad Rafael Landívar (URL).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)'s Lasting Impacts: "Countries in Transition", June 2010 - forwarded from Bill Carman to The Communication Initiative on June 10 2010; and the Interpeace website, October 29 2010. Image credit: © Sandra Sebastian

Maya Salud (Mayan Health)

Launched in 2005, Save the Children United States (USA)'s 4-year Maya Salud project worked to bring high-quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to 51,985 women and men of reproductive a

Communication Strategies: 

To achieve its aims, Maya Salud engaged a range of constituents as equals in a process that built local capacities to improve and monitor the quality of SRH services: community members, Ministry of Health (MOH) representatives, Cooperativa Todos Nebajenses or Cooperative of the People of Nebaj (COTONEB), and community health workers (CHW) - MOH volunteers who receive a stipend to provide certain health services in rural communities.

Maya Salud used a methodology that Save the Children calls Partnership Defined Quality (PDQ), which was developed in 2000 and has since been implemented in more than 18 countries. (click here for a related toolkit in PDF format.) PDQ engages community members in improving and monitoring the quality of their health services, and is shaped by the awareness that solutions to health service problems might lie outside the formal health system.

Representatives of 88 communities and of the health system jointly examined and improved SRH services according to this 4-phase PDQ process:

  1. Building Support: Save the Children staff held a series of meetings with residents who could represent their communities' concerns to the health system and with local, district, and national service providers, including the MOH and COTONEB. In all, Maya Salud achieved acceptance of the PDQ process in 88 communities (or 92% of target) over the life of the project.
  2. Exploring Quality: 5 Maya Salud field staff guided community groups and service provider groups - separately - to explore their perceptions of what constitutes a quality health service, particularly in matters of SRH. Each group developed its own definition of quality by considering its members' needs, resources, rights and responsibilities, and cultural heritage. Each group also explored the benefits of a partnership between community and health workers.
  3. Bridging the Gap: In each community, the residents' group and the health workers' group brought their definitions and characteristics of quality health care to a joint forum. They presented their own and heard each other's ideas and perspectives. In each case, Maya Salud staff guided the 2 groups to form a team and develop a shared vision of quality. Together, each team then identified and prioritised problems and constraints that made it difficult to achieve quality health services within the community. Each of the 88 participating communities established its own Quality Improvement Team (QIT) composed of a subset of community members and health workers.
  4. Working in Partnership: Through dialogue and analysis, the QITs explored the root causes of inadequate quality of services and identified appropriate, feasible solutions for reaching the desired level of quality. The resulting Quality Improvement Plans delineated actions to fill gaps in knowledge, skills, or attitudes at 2 levels: community/client (service demand) and community/provider (service supply). The QITs also established goals and identified indicators to monitor progress and determine when a goal had been achieved.


Here are a few examples of activities that the QITs undertook in their Quality Implementation Plans.


Building demand:

  • Peer networks called Amigas/Amigos (friends) were established in participating communities. Amigas and Amigos learned the basics of FP, including modern methods, peer counselling, and referral (and sometimes accompaniment) to health facilities.
  • Maya Salud developed and distributed a Contraception Sample Kit to help the Amigas/Amigos, MOH service providers, and CHWs show which methods are available, what they look like, and how they work. The kit was designed to demystify contraception for new users who could touch, see, and ask questions about methods in an informal environment.
  • Maya Salud trained 1,000 QIT members to mobilise their peers and community members to promote social change. Likewise, 1,000 QIT members learned the basics of family planning (FP) and modern contraceptive methods so that they, too, could promote them and counsel others in their use.

Building supply:

  • The MOH and COTONEB trained more than 200 health workers in FP and SRH counseling.
  • 80 CHWs learned the basics of SRH and modern contraception, counselling, and information dissemination. In the most remote communities, the CHWs dispensed condoms, pills, and quarterly injections to new users who did not have the time, resources, or confidence to travel dozens of miles to seek contraception from the nearest health facility.
  • One community built a new post, and 3 more rehabilitated their posts to provide comfortable, confidential FP services. In one case this involved building a wall to create more privacy; in others, interiors were painted and basic furniture built. Some clinics changed their operating hours to better suit the needs of clients who worked long days in the fields.
  • QITs and Maya Salud partnered with APROFAM (the Guatemalan branch of International Planned Parenthood Federation) to bring 5 mobile clinics to the most remote of villages. The clinics offered voluntary tubal ligations and vasectomies, Jadelle® implants, and gynaecological exams including pap smears. "Such services had never before been offered in these far-flung hamlets."
  • Maya Salud staff gauged client satisfaction with SRH services via exit interviews, monitored contraceptive stocks, and observed service delivery to clients as appropriate. Staff shared the results with the QITs as a way to ensure consistent application.
Development Issues: 

Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Key Points: 

The Ixil Triangle, deep in the highlands of western Guatemala, is an isolated area home to the Ixil Maya, who make a living from their farms and looms. Ixil's remoteness and near-invisibility on the national stage made it a target during Guatemala's civil war (1960-1996). A rebel group established its headquarters there; hundreds of civilians lost their lives. Not surprisingly, the people of the Ixil Triangle have learned to be wary of outsiders. At the same time, the disconnect between them and social services has exacted a toll, as indicated by data such as the following (cited by Save the Children):

  • 82% of residents live on less than US$2 per day (versus 52% nationwide).
  • More than 60% of Ixil's girls do not attend school and a mere 20% complete their primary education.
  • Maternal mortality is estimated at 277 deaths per 100,000 live births (the national average is 153).
  • Infant mortality rates reach 66 deaths per 1,000 live births (versus 47 nationally).
  • In Ixil, girls marry young - some as young as 12 - and experience an average of 10 pregnancies before the end of their reproductive years.
  • Studies from 2002 and 2003 revealed that just 20% of women in Ixil had healthy birth spacing, and only 28% were using any form of effective contraception - even though 56% did not want to become pregnant in the next year.
  • Just 13% received information on SRH during visits to their closest health post, which in some instances was as far as 38 miles from home.

According to organisers, "Often, health workers in rural Guatemala are trained to dispense contraceptives upon request, but they have not learned to counsel and inform, or to consider cultural taboos, the sensitivity of the issue, and the gender divide between the (typically) male service provider and the (typically) female contraception seeker."

Endline research (2009) found that, by the end of the 4-year project, the number of couples using safe and effective FP methods had more than doubled, and the contraceptive prevalence rate had surpassed 33%.

Partner Text: 

Save the Children, MOH, COTONEB, APROFAM. Funded through a subgrant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Flexible Fund.

Source: 

Improving Family Planning by Creating Community-Service Provider Partnerships in Guatemala [PDF], Save the Children - forwarded to the CORE Group Child Survival (CS) Community listserv, December 2 2009. Photo credit: ACME Producciones/Hugo Gonzalez

Violence, Power and Participation: Building Citizenship in Contexts of Chronic Violence

Author: 
Jenny Pearce
March 1, 2007
Affiliation: 

University of Bradford

This 66-page Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Working Paper (#274) explores civil society participation in two contexts of chronic violence.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

id21News, Number 251, July 2008; and "Ending the Culture of Violence in Latin America" on the id21News website.

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Using Radio for Budget Advocacy: Stories from Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, and Uganda

July 1, 2007

This article, published in the International Budget Partnership's bimonthly newsletter (Volume 39, May-June 2007), describes civil society organisation efforts to use radio as part of larger budget ad

Source: 

International Budget Partnership website, Bimonthly No. 39, Newsletter, May - June 2007; and ACCU website, April 19 2010.

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National Center for Health Marketing's Global Communication and Marketing Team

Communication Strategies: 

The Global Communication & Marketing Team's activities focus on health communication and marketing strategies, eHealth, and emergency and risk communication. Sample projects include:

 

Health Communication & Marketing Strategies

  • Conduct KAB [knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour] survey and test messages and materials in support of a rabies prevention and control communication campaign (China)
  • Implement targeted communication of hospital infection control guidelines (Kenya)
  • Develop a communication and marketing strategy for micronutrient food fortification to improve maternal and child health (Central America)

 

eHealth

  • Pilot the use of new ICT networks for health communication in rural settings (Kenya)
  • Support use of ICT for training and communication with the public health workforce (HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation (M&E) - China, Laboratory Biosafety - Central America, Hospital Infection Control - Kenya)
  • Collaborate with partners to test mobile communication technology methods to support Directly Observed Therapy of tuberculosis (TB) patients (Kenya)
  • Pilot use of mobile short message service (SMS) technology to support blood donor outreach (Kenya)

 

Emergency and Risk Communication

  • Assess emergency communication system capacity (multiple countries)
  • Develop and implement exercises to test risk communication plans (Central America)
  • Test US-based emergency risk communication principles for cultural appropriateness (China)
  • Conduct emergency risk communication training and planning workshops (Kenya, Nigeria)
  • Conduct survey of health communication needs of earthquake survivors (China)

Addressing HIV/AIDS through Partnership

Communication Strategies: 

This initiative draws on the power of partnership to make change. The official signing of the Declaration happened at the opening ceremony of the National Medical Association's 50th Anniversary Congress, which took place November 28 to December 1 2007 (World AIDS Day). The United States (US) Ambassador in Guatemala joined with other high-level officials in the Guatemala medical community to announce and explain the partnership between USAID's PSP-One project and the Guatemala Medical Association to mobilise and train private providers to deliver quality HIV/AIDS counselling and testing. In addition to the official signing of the declaration in support of private providers' participation in HIV/AIDS prevention, all Congress attendants were encouraged to sign an online version.

As part of the specialised courses offered at that conference, the Medical Association and PSP-One Guatemala organised training courses, such as one designed for private physicians on HIV/AIDS counselling and testing. As part of this particular event, 55 private physicians attended a 5-hour training course taught by several of Guatemala's professionals from the country's HIV/AIDS integrated treatment centres. The curriculum was designed specially to address the challenges private providers encounter in their daily private practice. Topics focused on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Guatemala, clinical suspicion and diagnostic approaches, an introduction to HIV/AIDS tests and national diagnostic algorithms, and an overview of the HIV/AIDS law and national counselling guidelines. An automated person-response system was designed to facilitate the monitoring of the acquired knowledge on these key topics throughout the training activity.

Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS.

Key Points: 

Abt Associates reports that HIV prevalence in Guatemala is estimated at just under 1%, with MARPs such as commercial sex workers (CSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) making up 36% of the total number of people living with HIV and AIDS. Organisers note that the private sector plays an important role in this fight, with many clients getting tested for HIV in private clinics and private labs; however, "there is evidence of serious weaknesses in this sector, such as the lack of counseling for patients getting tested and little or no knowledge by private providers about national laws and protocols regarding HIV/AIDS."

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Angela Milton to The Communication Initiative on January 28 2008 and May 16 2008; and PSP-One website.

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"Promoting messages that encourage positive behavior change, be it awareness about HIV/AIDS, educating the girl child, gender equity, safe motherhood, hygiene and sanitation or other key social and health behaviors, Kyunki...is proving to be a beacon of change that is paving a brighter path for the women and children of India."

"UNICEF India's television soap opera Kyunki... Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai bears testament to entertainment-education's (E-E) efficacy in fostering positive social and behavioural change."

"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing competition form audiences, sensationalism and expanding access to new technologies - the role that...

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This 7-page executive summary shares the findings of a qualitative evaluation of the first series of Intersexions, a 26-part South African entertainment-education television drama series to communicate health- and HIV-related messages, with a focus on sexual networks. This report presents qualitative research findings about audience responses...

This strategy document is written to support communication on one of the "13 Lifesaving Commodities" as described in Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH), the I-Kit.

"This paper presents the midterm evaluation findings of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (Urban RH Initiative) programs, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that are being implemented in 4 countries: India (Uttar Pradesh), Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal."

Author: Georgis Bashar, October 27 2014 - Ujan Ganger Naiya (Sailing Against the Tide) is a TV drama about teenage sisters in a rural village in Bangladesh. They each marry despite the youngest sister Anika being only 16 and desperate to complete her education. As the drama unfolds, we learn more about the dangers of early pregnancy...

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Community Participation

"The eighth report in Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, Pathways to Power: Creating Sustainable Change for Adolescent Girls, asks what will shift the unequal power relations that bolster gender discrimination, injustice and inequality for girls and women in some form in every country in the world?"

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

"Advocacy is a core process for addressing the disparities children face, bringing the issue to the forefront of the agenda for decision makers."

This toolkit front United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides detailed steps, guidance, and tools for developing and implementing an advocacy strategy to advance children's well-being. "...

"Monitoring measures progress in achieving specific results in relation to a strategy’s implementation plan. Evaluation attempts to determine as systematically and objectively as possible a strategy’s worth or significance."

This is the full version of Chapter 4 in UNICEF’s Advocacy Toolkit (see Related Summaries below). This document...

"Studies indicate that harmful gender norms and practices, cultural perceptions and beliefs surrounding pregnancy and childbirth, and a distrust of health-care services all can pose barriers to HIV prevention and treatment. In particular, women face difficulties related to unequal gender power relations and stigma."

Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe...

Community-based family planning (CBFP) brings family planning information and services to women and men in the communities where they live. The K4Health Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit shares evidence-based guidance and tools for implementing community-based family planning programs.

The online Toolkit presents selected resources...

"As the world marks 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The State of the World's Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the most disadvantaged children. In particular, the report calls for innovation - and for the best and brightest solutions coming from communities to be...

Author: Caroline Nursey, November 19 2014  - On first sight, Freetown seems little changed from my last visit four years ago - the same rich colours, smiling faces and warm welcomes.

And there are signs of continued recovery from the war and increased prosperity from rapid economic growth - 10% last year -...

"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing competition form audiences, sensationalism and expanding access to new technologies - the role that...

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Materials

Offered as part of See Us, a global awareness campaign focused on helping address challenges faced by women living with HIV, this series of dialogue tools is designed to strengthen conversations between healthcare providers and women living with HIV. Made available in advance of World AIDS Day, December 1 2014, the tools were created by...

"Advocacy is a core process for addressing the disparities children face, bringing the issue to the forefront of the agenda for decision makers."

This toolkit front United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides detailed steps, guidance, and tools for developing and implementing an advocacy strategy to advance children's well-being. "...

"Monitoring measures progress in achieving specific results in relation to a strategy’s implementation plan. Evaluation attempts to determine as systematically and objectively as possible a strategy’s worth or significance."

This is the full version of Chapter 4 in UNICEF’s Advocacy Toolkit (see Related Summaries below). This document...

"Advocacy campaigns around the world have heightened awareness and galvanized actions to stop violence. These involve committed women and girls, men and boys. Yet gaps in laws, implementation of legal protection and essential services remain. Women are still reluctant to report violence. Attitudes in some places tolerate, if not encourage,...

Community-based family planning (CBFP) brings family planning information and services to women and men in the communities where they live. The K4Health Community-Based Family Planning Toolkit shares evidence-based guidance and tools for implementing community-based family planning programs.

The online Toolkit presents selected resources...

"UNICEF India's television soap opera Kyunki... Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai bears testament to entertainment-education's (E-E) efficacy in fostering positive social and behavioural change."

Developed to capture the process of producing an entertainment-education (EE) radio programme for children in South Asia, this production book can be used as a guiding framework to replicate similar initiatives by other organisations and institutions seeking to help children "lead the way to positive sustainable social and behavioural change...

Produced by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this activity book and educator's guide form part of Soul City's Soul Buddyz Clubs initiative and is designed to help children and educators take action around child abuse in South Africa. The Soul Buddyz Clubs are mainly school-based clubs that bring together children...

This resource provides "the latest news, resources, multimedia and blogs on the use of chlorhexidine for umbilical cord care - a safe and effective intervention to prevent neonatal infection. This intervention is low cost and can be integrated into existing newborn care programs and platforms."

This website supports campaign efforts for World Pneumonia Day (WPD), November 12 2014, a day to raise awareness of the effects of pneumonia, particularly on infants and children, and encourage dissemination of prevention and treatment information and resources. It includes a page for support in planning WPD campaign efforts that includes:...

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Ebola News Feed

Africa: Ebola Vaccine Results Give Hope
Nov 26 2014 - 11:08pm
[Deutsche Welle]Ebola vaccine researchers say they are 'encouraged' by the results of an initial clinical trial, in which volunteers developed antibodies needed to fight the virus. But the end product is still some time away.

Akon, Angelique Kidjo, Fally Ipupa, Wax Dey. Magasco And More Artists Coming Together To Demand Action On Ebola
Nov 26 2014 - 1:03pm
15 African artists have come together in a powerful video to demand action on Ebola.The ONE Campaign has brought together those African icons to pressure African leaders to do more – and quickly – to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and take action to strengthen national health systems to prevent and contain future outbreaks. In the video dubbed “Ebola, What Are We Waiting For?”, Akon (...

LIBERIA: Pres. Sirleaf Terms Chinese ETU “exemplary and exceptional response"
Nov 26 2014 - 12:47pm
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) constructed by the Chinese Government as “first class”. The Liberian leader said that the ETU will be run and managed by the Chinese Government is something exemplary and thanked China for such exceptional response. She made the statement Tuesday at the dedication of a 100-bed ETU built by...

LIBERIA: Grand Gedeh Traditional Council Suspends Kola Nut Ceremony
Nov 26 2014 - 12:41pm
The Grand Gedeh chapter of the National Traditional Council of Liberia has suspended the traditional kola nut ceremony held to welcome a guest. The Council said this was necessary as a measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the county. This was disclosed by Paramount Chief Peter Garwo, Secretary of the Council, at the just-ended Civic and Voter Education and Gender Regional...

U.S. Troops fight Ebola through education and training in Liberia - By Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
Nov 26 2014 - 12:32pm
(PHOTO CAPTION:Students in the Ebola Treatment Unit Course led by the U.S. military, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, diagnose a potential patient for symptoms of the Ebola virus during scenario training at the National Police Training Academy in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 20, 2014. The instructors are training and preparing the healthcare workers to work in ETUs in some of the most remote...

Liberia: EU Disburses EUR 22 Million in Budget Support to Liberia
Nov 26 2014 - 11:47am
[European Commission]The European Union (EU) has approved the disbursement of EUR 22 million (approx. USD 27.2 million) of budget support to help the Government of Liberia to scale up its efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus in Liberia.

Liberia: U.S.-Run Field Hospital for Ebola Stricken Health Workers Discharges First Patients
Nov 26 2014 - 11:44am
[U.S. Embassy Monrovia]Monrovia -The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has announced that two patients, both Liberian healthcare workers, were released Monday from the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU). Both patients have recovered from Ebola and are virus-free.

Understanding Ebola: Launch of the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform
Nov 26 2014 - 10:12am
The Ebola Response Anthropology Platform has been launched by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies and the University of Exeter

News story: UK Merlins deliver aid to continue Ebola effort
Nov 26 2014 - 9:10am
Responding to a United Nations World Food Programme ( WFP ) request, a Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron lifted urgent supplies for a support camp to be built near a community care centre in Kumala. The centre is a 28-bed facility for the care of Ebola patients, including young children under the age of 5. Because it is in a mountainous area the centre is currently not accessible by...

West Africa: Speedy Ebola Test Among UK Projects Given Grant
Nov 26 2014 - 7:25am
[SciDev.Net]A portable device to test bodily fluids for Ebola in under an hour and anthropological training to help foreign health workers work more effectively with local people in West Africa are among five research programmes being funded by the UK's Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust.

Sierra Leone: Bodies Dumped in Ebola Pay Dispute in Sierra Leone
Nov 26 2014 - 4:52am
[Deutsche Welle]A dispute over pay has seen burial teams dump bodies of Ebola victims in the street in eastern Sierra Leone. At least a dozen corpses were left outside a public hospital.

Liberia: China Unveils State-of-the-Art Ebola Treatment Unit
Nov 26 2014 - 4:50am
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -China on Tuesday shocked Liberian government officials when it dedicated the first of its kind durable Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia. Officials of government and eyewitnesses at the ceremony held at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, were speechless when the 100-bed ETU was unveiled, with some even suggesting that the facility was too sophisticated to treat Ebola...

West Africa - Ebola Outbreak - Fact Sheet #8 (FY 15)
Nov 25 2014 - 4:36pm
Language Undefined West Africa - Ebola Outbreak - Fact Sheet #8 (FY 15) The U.S. Government (USG) declared a disaster on November 17 and is assessing urgent needs in Mali following five EVD related deaths in the capital city of Bamako. As progress continues in curtailing the EVD outbreak in Liberia, the Government of Liberia (GoL) announced the end of the national...

On Ebola In Sierra Leone: Information Minister Hosts Online Press Conference
Nov 25 2014 - 2:00pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, November 25, 2014/ -- The Minister of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone, Alpha Kanu, will host an online press conference on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 15 GMT. Since Sierra Leone recorded the first case of Ebola on May 25th, this year, the President of the West African state Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma scaled down other development projects his Government was...

LIBERIA: U.S. Envoy Hails Collective Partnership In Ebola Fight
Nov 25 2014 - 1:41pm
U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has said the American Government is “proud to be a part of the efforts” in support of Liberia and its partners because it takes collective efforts to resolve the Ebola crisis. She praised the international community for working together to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa during an inspection tour of an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) being built in Zwedru, Grand...