Social mobilisation in Conakry
Among the three countries most affected by Ebola, Guinea is the one in which communities are showing the biggest resistance towards health care workers. The resistance is mainly related to bad or insufficient information.
One focus of UNICEF in combatting the Ebola outbreak is the mobilisation of communities to protect themselves and prevent further spread of the virus. Besides training their own staff, UNICEF trained partners involved in the fight against Ebola.
Since March 2014, UNICEF has been sensitizing the population all over Guinea through different channels like public service announcements (PSA) on radio and TV, SMS messages, door-to-door campaigns. UNICEF also started to pass the message through religious leaders, healers, hunters, fishermen.
A very strong component are the community watch committees (CWC), created in November 2014 and composed by the population of the respective communities.
Kaloum, Conakry, Guinea, on 7 January 2015
Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret