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Ebola: accurate information prevents rumours and panic: educating leaders is one measure - along with distributing soap
The Nordic Africa Institute, Agrarian Change, Property and Resources.
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is unprecedented in its scope. This Policy Note stresses the importance of knowledge of social factors in preventing the spread of the fatal disease. There are similarities with the previous HIV/AIDS epidemic. Traditional healers and heads of households are key players for health experts to target in protecting people against infection. Normal funeral services are one source of infection. A very basic preventive measure is providing families with soap.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2015. , 4 p.
NAI Policy Notes, ISSN 1654-6695 ; 2015/5
Keyword [en]
Ebola virus, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, West Africa, Epidemics, Disease control, Health personnel, Health policy, Health system, Infectious diseases, Medical care, Traditional medicine, Funeral
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1923ISBN: 978-91-7106-771-5OAI: diva2:800972
Available from: 2015-04-08 Created: 2015-04-08 Last updated: 2015-04-08Bibliographically approved

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