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Author: Isabel Low

Maintaining zero Ebola infections through communication with affected communities

When the Ebola virus disease erupted in Guinea in December 2013 and quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, Gambians considered the outbreak as a distant cry until six months later when it struck neighbouring Senegal and Mali. As the second smallest country in West Africa, Gambians feared that if Ebola ever struck their soil, it would have devastating consequences on the small population of 1.8 million people.

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Can the sun cause malaria? Red Cross volunteers strive to dispel traditional beliefs in Côte d’Ivoire

It is a hot and busy Saturday morning in Abidjan and volunteers with the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire are preparing for their live radio show on Radio Amitie’, a community radio station in the capital. The topic this week is malaria, but today the volunteers will not talk only about the usual malaria prevention messages, they will also tackle some of the strongest traditional beliefs existing in communities.

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Communicating with communities – a critical need in the humanitarian response to Nepal’s earthquakes

In times of emergency when people are living in fear and uncertainty, good communication between humanitarian organisations and affected communities is crucial. The public looks to organizations like the Red Cross as a reliable source of information and in the wake of the April 25 earthquake, the Nepal Red Cross Society has strengthened its use of traditional as well as social media to share information relating to the disaster with earthquake survivors.

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