Risk Communication and Community Engagement for Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness and Response
Lessons Learnt and Recommendations from Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
The prolonged outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had consequences for the countries neighbouring the affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Over the past 18 months, UNICEF has supported four countries categorized as priority one (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda), as well as Tanzania, in enhancing their readiness to respond to the imminent risk of cross-border EVD transmission.
Many lessons have been learnt, challenges tackled, and progress made during the longest-known preparedness effort for a public health emergency globally – some of which could be applied during other outbreaks, including the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This report explores the Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) undertaken for EVD preparedness in the priority countries and the main takeaways from these initiatives, based on a regional review and stocktaking meeting that UNICEF hosted in Nairobi, Kenya on 28–29 January 2020.