This technical brief was prepared by IDS in July 2021 to support the embedding of social science and anthropological perspectives in UK AID-supported Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa (TDDA) technical assistance and its Early Response Mechanism.

It draws on a review of both academic and grey literature, as well as inputs from social scientists and other public health experts in Côte d’Ivoire.  It presents key considerations regarding:

  • the background and overview of the country’s health system;
  • issues related to infectious disease outbreaks, response, and preparedness;
  •  health governance and key actors;
  • community experiences and responses;
  • implications for outbreak preparedness and response.

SSHAP is preparing an accompanying document in response to the Ebola outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire that summarises the material presented in this technical brief.

This briefing was produced with support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) funded Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa (TDDA) programme managed by DAI Global Health.