HIFA Blog: Month in review, March 2019- Ebola: fact or fiction?

17 April, 2019

Dear HIFA Colleagues

I am delighted to share the March 2019 instalment of the HIFA Blog with you: https://www.hifa.org/news/hifa-blog-month-review-march-2019-ebola

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been in the midst of an Ebola epidemic since August 2018. During March 2019, HIFA members discussed two recent studies which may explain why the latest outbreak continues unabated. Translators Without Borders cited poor availability of information about Ebola prevention in national and local languages, coupled with low levels of reading comprehension as major links in the ’transmission chain'. Yet research by Harvard Medical School points to an even more fundamental reason: a lack of public trust in the information about Ebola provided by national bodies in DRC which leads many to believe that Ebola is a fabrication.

With thanks to the following HIFA members whose contributions appear in this months blog: Joseph Ana, Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety, Nigeria; Kenneth L Chanda, Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration; Simon Collery, Independent Consultant, Tanzania; Mia Marzotto,Senior Advocacy Officer, Translators Without Borders; Chris Zielinski, leader of the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, University of Winchester, UK.

Thanks as always to our HIFA Blog Editor, Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh (HIFA coordinator) for his help in putting this together.

Metrics: In March 2019 HIFA (English) exchanged 207 messages from 90 contributors in 31 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia). Our top contributors were Joseph Ana (24), James Heilman (4), Irina Ibraghimova (4), Tomislav Mestrovic (4), Chris Zielinski (4). Thank you all for sharing your views and your experience.

Please share any suggestions, ideas or comments for the HIFA Blog on the HIFA forum or by emailing me directly on martinmichaelcarroll AT icloud.com

Best wishes


Martin Carroll

Consultant, advocate & writer on health in low- and middle-income countries martinmichaelcarroll@icloud.com

HIFA Profile: Martin Carroll has worked on issues affecting health in LMICs for over fifteen years. Whilst at the British Medical Association, he led a major project, funded by DfID, to develop the organisation's role as a leading advocate for improving health in LMICs, which it continues to hold today. He has worked with HIFA since 2008 and is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the following HIFA Working Groups: Fundraising, Multilingualism and Social Media. He is also the author of the monthly HIFA Blog.

Email: martinmichaelcarroll AT iCloud.com

Twitter: @MMCarroll

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