ACAPS completes Ebola Project, releases reports
The project plans to release a series of detailed thematic reports, scheduled over a three-month window of time.
The project was set up to determine the humanitarian needs of those countries that have been heavily impacted by the recent Ebola virus outbreak. It was funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department.
Through this project, which was initiated in September, five thematic reports and one briefing note were developed. They evaluated the challenges related to communication and other aspects of outbreak mitigation efforts.
The organization’s most recent reports were released on Monday and Wednesday for Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively. They indicate that early challenges in communicating the risks of the disease may have played a role in facilitating the spread of the disease.
In both countries, communication methods, channels and processes have changed as the outbreak shifted. Communication is especially important as the focus transitions from the mitigation of spreading the illness to the prevention of new outbreaks.