#BOURE2020 Webinar Series: Strengthening Community Linkages to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak Preparedness in the most-at-risk districts in Uganda

UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti
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Thank you for joining the UNICEF Evaluation Office and Office of Research-Innocenti for the second #BOURE2020 webinar series presenting "Strengthening Community Linkages to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak Preparedness in the most-at-risk districts in Uganda", on 25 February 2021 (Thursday), 8-9AM EST  |  2-3PM CET  |  4-5PM EAT .


What can community perspectives bring to Ebola virus disease preparedness in Uganda's border districts?


Watch the webinar recording:


Opening Remarks:  


  • Mandi Chikombero, C4D Specialist, UNICEF Uganda  
  • Richard Kabanda, Commissioner, Health Services, Uganda Ministry of Health, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Communication 


  • Benjamin Hickler, Behavioural Science Research Manager, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti 


  • Kerry Albright, Chief, Research Facilitation & Knowledge Management, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti 


In June 2019, an Ebola epidemic was declared in Kasese District, southwestern Uganda. This was traced, in part, to the porous border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an epidemic had been ongoing since August 2018. 

At the onset of the outbreak, the Ugandan National Task Force on Disease Outbreaks and Response called for a strategy for border health, cross-border cooperation and scaled-up risk communication, grounded in an understanding of the sociocultural context prevailing in high-risk border areas. 

This research aimed to investigate community dynamics and cultural factors that may affect health-seeking and preventive behaviours by identifying possible areas of cultural resistance to information, and by assessing the appropriateness and acceptability of Ebola prevention and control activities. 

In describing the sociocultural context of behaviours that may affect Ebola preparedness, the study sought to inform culturally sensitive Ebola preparedness planning, including public health messaging and social mobilization around protective health behaviours, particularly in high-risk border areas.


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