EBOLA : don’t panic – educate!

There is a dichotomy at present in the reaction to the EBOLA virus –are we doing enough in West Africa or are we developing a panic syndrome, so much so that inaction takes over…

From the latest INEE newsletter

Launch of the Ebola Communication Network

Ebola Communication Network

On October 8th, the Ebola Communication Network (ECN), was launched. The ECN is an online collection of Ebola resources, materials and tools from and for the global health community. The ECN  is populated with more than 120 resources, including not only SBCC materials like posters, brochures and infographics, but also Demographic and Health Surveys of affected regions, customized maps and peer-reviewed journal articles. The site is responsive to mobile devices and optimized for low bandwidth situations. It includes an RSS feed of Ebola-related news that is updated in real time.

ECN’s faceted search allows users to find materials based on language, type (e.g., public service announcements, posters, and fact sheets), topic (e.g., prevention, treatment, safe burial practices), audience (e.g., community health workers, governments, health care providers) and any other facets deemed necessary. Those working in the fight against Ebola can use ECN to search and share resources, and help build the collection by uploading quality communication materials they have developed for use in the field.

To use the Ebola Communication Network, click here.

Ebola’s Impact on Children and Education
Child Protection Working Group

With inputs from education, the Child Protection Working Group has developedtwo short documents on how children are affected by Ebola.

In Liberia and Sierra Leone it was decided not to open schools for the new school year in August 2014, and the Ministries of Education have not yet made any recommendations as to when schools might reopen. In Guinea and Nigeria it has been proposed to open schools in October, though, the probability of this happening everywhere is uncertain. For example, in Nigeria many school administrators decided to postpone reopening due to attacks on schools, teachers strikes and because many schools have not been equipped with post Ebola kits. As a consequence of the epidemic millions of children of school going age are not able to attend school in these four countries.

Click below to access the Child Protection Working Group’s two short documents:

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