As the swine flu outbreak backstory seeps out, there are some vitally important lessons that can be learned. Huge investment in pandemic preparedness and contingency plans, improvements in surveillance and response systems and stockpiling of drugs and vaccines have followed recent avian influenza outbreaks.
But do we have effective global disease surveillance and control systems that can prevent a disaster?
On 21 November 2015, (right) UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah talks with children at a centre supported by UNICEF in Juba.
In late November, Beah travelled to South Sudan with UNICEF to meet with former child soldiers, along with different parties to the conflict so as to advocate for the release of child soldiers and their re-integration into their communities and families. A peace agreement was signed in August this year, but fierce fighting has continued in parts of South Sudan. Since the beginning of 2015, the situation for children has worsened, and there are now as many as 16,000 associated with armed forces or groups.
This brief details how Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) activities and approaches can be adapted to reach people living in Greater Kampala to increase adoption of preventive behaviours and practices, early recognition of symptoms, care seeking and case reporting.
This briefing outlines the operational recommendations related to power and authority for communities living in Ugandan border districts during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemics and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This briefing outlines the operational recommendations related to healthcare seeking for communities living in Ugandan border districts during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemics and the current COVID-19 pandemic, with lessons for future infectious disease outbreaks.