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UNICEF/UN024528/La Rose
Briefings

Two Evaluations of Community Ebola Interventions, Two Different Results

This spring, when the team from the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform evaluated Community-Based Ebola Care Centres (CCCs) in Sierra Leone, one thing they constantly heard complaints about was human-resource management. Residents of the communities where the Centres were located grumbled about favouritism: well-paying jobs…
HEART
2015
UNICEF/UNI177604/UNMEER Martine Perret
Briefings

Return of the Rebel: Legacies of War and Reconstruction in West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic

The spread of Ebola in West Africa centres on a region with a shared recent history of transnational civil war and internationally led post-conflict reconstruction efforts. This legacy of conflict and shortcomings in the reconstruction efforts are key to understanding…
IDS
2015
UNICEF/UNI176802/Ryeng
Briefings

Ebola, Politics and Ecology: Beyond the ‘Outbreak Narrative’

The origin of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been traced to the likely confluence of a virus, a bat, a two-year-old child and an under equipped rural health centre. Understanding how these factors may have combined in south-eastern…
IDS
2015
UNICEF/UN024521/La Rose
Briefings

Local Engagement in Ebola Outbreaks and Beyond in Sierra Leone

Containment strategies for Ebola rupture fundamental features of social, political and religious life. Control efforts that involve local people and appreciate their perspectives, social structures and institutions are therefore vital. Unfortunately such approaches have not been widespread in West Africa…
IDS
2015
UNICEF/UNI182870/Bindra
Briefings

Ebola and Extractive Industry

The economic effects of the Ebola health crisis are slowly unfolding as the virus continues to affect Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The most important sector is mining as these three countries share a rich iron ore geological beltway. The…
IDS
2015
UNICEF/UNI164691/Noorani
Background Reports

Changing Understandings of HIV and AIDS through Treatment Interactions

The problem of HIV internationally has many wide ranging impacts on people, communities and countries’ development. In the last decade antiretroviral (ARV) treatment has emerged as the major scientific-technical solution, albeit a costly one. Access to ARV treatment is of…
2011
UNICEF/UNI181858/de Mun
Briefings

The Pathology of Inequality: Gender and Ebola in West Africa

The international response to Ebola has been decried for being ‘too slow, too little, too late’. As well as racing to respond, we need to consider what has happened over the past decades to leave exposed fault lines that enabled…
IDS
2015
UNICEF/UNI186562/Mugabe
Background Reports

Polio Vaccines – Difficult to Swallow The Story of a Controversy in Northern Nigeria

Global health and poverty reduction discourses have recognised immunisation as one of the most affordable and effective means of reducing child mortality and in a broader sense, as an essential contribution to poverty reduction efforts. While immunisation comes with countless…
IDS
2006
UNICEF/UNI186564/Mugabe
Background Reports

The Social Dynamics of Infant Immunisation in Africa: Perspectives from the Republic of Guinea

Infant immunisation is currently a focus of national and global policy attention in relation to Africa as a key means to address ill-health and contribute to the Millennium Development Goals. Yet vaccination coverage is stagnant or falling in many African…
IDS
2006
UNICEF/UNI155431/Ohanesian
Background Reports

Childhood Vaccination and Society in The Gambia: Public Engagement with Science and Delivery

This paper examines public engagement with routine vaccination delivery, and vaccine trials and related medical research, in The Gambia. Its approach is rooted in social and medical anthropology and ethnographic methods, but combines insights from the sociology of scientific knowledge,…
IDS
2004
UNICEF/UNI196041/Grile
Evidence Reviews

Impact and Implications of the Ebola Crisis

Political impact and implications: Initial analysis suggests that governments’ poor management of the Ebola crisis has generated frustrations and exposed citizens’ lack of trust in their governments. The Ebola crisis is likely to play a very political role in the…
2014
UNICEF/UNI118546/Nooran
Background Reports

Zoonotic Diseases: Who Gets Sick, and Why? Explorations from Africa

Global risks of zoonotic disease are high on policy agendas. Increasingly, Africa is seen as a 'hotspot', with likely disease spillovers from animals to humans. This paper explores the social dynamics of disease exposure, demonstrating how risks are not generalised,…
Critical Public Health
2016
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