Sierra Leone has been the country most impacted by EVD (Ebola Virus Disease). The Hands on Heath project will enable local communities to be active in the response to eradicate Ebola by using media to strengthen community resilience, raise awareness, address stigma & re-build community structures.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (257343)
Sierra Leone was the country most impacted by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). To date, 12,901 people have contracted EVD & 3,915 have died. Pre-existing health systems have been disrupted, jobs lost, education postponed & Ebola survivors face on-going after-effects. Ebola is viewed with fear & trauma. Those affected by EVD are stigmatised, health services are severely impacted through a mistrust of the health system & community awareness is low in some areas making recovery & prevention difficult.
Radio is the preferred means for receiving information about Ebola & for reassuring communities. Improved communication with local communities is essential to promoting understanding, tackling the spread & aftermath of Ebola. This project will strengthen the local health system, addressing community needs following the epidemic by building resilience, raising awareness & enabling people to come together to be active in their own response through community-centred radio.
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