Responding effectively to outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics requires a certain amount of knowledge use and carry-over from one context to another. However, no two health emergencies are ever precisely the same. The variation in social context, political setting, aetiological agent, time horizon, geography, and a whole host of other factors, makes each emergency unique. Further to this, global or national emergencies are often composed of emergencies in multiple localities, each with their own complex challenges and problems. This diversity in response contexts makes using knowledge from other areas of an emergency, or from past emergencies, difficult. This SSHAP Case Study draws on an investigation of lessons from the 2013-16 West African Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis.
Psychological Resilience, Fragility and the Health Workforce: Lessons on Pandemic Preparedness from Liberia and Sierra Leone
Looking on evidence from Liberia and Sierra Leone, this paper shares learning on how to protect the mental health of health care workers in fragile settings.
Death and Funerary Practices in the Context of Epidemics: Upholding the Rights of Religious Minorities
An exploration of the conflict between biomedical understandings of death and funerary practices within epidemic responses, and religious minorities’ freedom of belief and practice
This paper assesses potential driving factors of COVID-19-related stigma, and how this intersects with existing stigma fault lines and explores mechanisms through which COVID-19-related stigma may be counteracted, with a focus on LMICs
How can social science be used in COVID-19 clinical and vaccine trials?