Communication and Participation
In an emergency response, communication is often the first line of defense. Fighting disease becomes less stressful when communities understand what they can do, when journalists report accurate information quickly, and when officials know how to communicate effectively. During a disease outbreak, communication strategies provide the essential bridge between science and the public—creating audience-tailored messages, spreading accurate information through the best channels, fighting rumors and stigma, and ensuring the response respects a community’s needs.
Throughout the West Africa epidemic, CDC and other global partners sent teams of experts in communication, education, anthropology, and behavioral science to help communities with low technology access the information they needed to protect themselves—through radio, posters and billboards, and face-to-face visits.
The Story of Ebola animation, July 2015
Produced by Global Health Media Project, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and UNICEF; Yoni Goodman, animator
This animation features a young girl whose grandfather dies from Ebola, and puts the rest of her family at risk. The goal of the film is to help people see and understand how Ebola spreads, and how to protect themselves.