The world’s second-biggest Ebola outbreak is still raging in DRC. Research has shown that distrust is one of the biggest obstacles in this Ebola fight. Oxfam’s Andrea Vera Nava outlines three ways to work with local communities to build their trust and increase the success of an Ebola response in a conflict context.
Following the news of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), here’s a summary of lessons learned from Oxfam’s community engagement during the 2014–15 Ebola response in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Reliable information can serve as a form of immunization when people are able to act on it. This is one lesson from the Ebola crisis that is worth remembering as the world responds to the “explosive” spread of the Zika virus.
Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide basic services throughout the Ebola crisis, despite the personal risks involved and a chronic lack of resources.
When working in communications and media relations, a big part of your job is to show and tell the world what you have seen. One of my first assignments in Sierra Leone was to watch Oxfam distributing hygiene kits in the slums of Freetown and talk with quarantined families.
By Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International - Last week I travelled to Brisbane, Australia to take the voice of poor people to the powerful – the summit of the leaders of the Group of 20 most powerful economies.