For the last few years, IDS has been gathering evidence on the social, economic and political dimensions of epidemics in different contexts worldwide, seeking to improve the way social science is used to improve response planning and preparedness.
As suspected Ebola cases continue to go under-reported, people continue to present late at health facilities and treatment units, and those who are untreated continue to die at home, it is only through strengthening community-based surveillance and locally led response actions that the outbreak will be controlled.
The history of Ebola in Bikoro has many versions, as histories do – each coloured by the voice in which they are told and the experience that person has had with the virus. Few voices remain untouched by the virus; the tenor of the entire country is affected by the…
The availability of an experimental vaccine is seen as a game changer in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But some residents in the North Kivu province capital city of Goma, in particular women over 35 years old, aren’t so sure.
The current crisis – including a recent, but thankfully more contained, cholera outbreak starting in September last year – is of course generating new state-citizen political dynamics, with uncertain consequences.
The SSHAP was started in 2017 by UNICEF’s Communication for Development Section, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, and Anthrologica, and completed its second year in full operation this month.
As authorities in Congo embark on a campaign to use a pioneering Ebola vaccine, our network partner Dr Juliet Bedford from Anthrologica explains how a lack of infrastructure is likely to affect how and who receives it.
This story looks at how the ESRC STEPS Centre’s research on epidemics fed into responses to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and the need for long-term work across disciplines to respond to infectious diseases.
20 Jan 2017