An Exploratory Study to Examine the Effectiveness of Community Based Ebola Virus Disease Prevention and Management Strategies in Bo District Sierra Leone

World Vision Sierra Leone and Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration on World Vision’s Ebola Response in Sierra Leone. Johns Hopkins University: Anbrasi Edward, Casey Risko, Hossein Zare, Meera Pranav, Tiffany Tran

World Vision Sierra Leone: Allieu Bangura, Michael Belmoh, Raymond Owusu

In an effort to assuage the fears and expectations of community members and ensure the intervention was responsive to their needs and expectations, World Vision Sierra Leone adopted an integrated and multi-sector response tailored to the needs and priorities of the communities it served. While the extent of the strategy implementation was not fully documented, these community leaders were also supplied with essential medical commodities, such as hand-washing kits and protective equipment for the health care workers.

A review of district level EVD records indicated that not a single Ebola-related fatality was documented among the 59,000 sponsored children or family members supported by World Vision during the outbreak.  Although the Ebola outbreak was successfully contained, the processes were not formally documented nor the impact of impact of World Vision’s effort was not formally documented or assessed.  The remainder of this report is based on findings from a study commissioned to bridge this knowledge-to-practice gap by capturing community members’ perceptions of the effectiveness of specific strategies employed by World Vision in order to increase the evidence of what works in responding to similar outbreaks throughout the West Africa and beyond.

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