Dear HIFA members, it is sad to learn that locals are still resistant to accepting the benefactors. Ebola has a lot of economic concerns more with closest neighbours like Zambia. I think social workers such as sociologists, psycogists, religious leaders, opinion leaders all people including those who have been healed and their relatives should be a part of sensitization in trying to seek solutions. It is true that people are always suspicious because they have been used as guinea pigs to experiment on some medicine witout their knowledge. I would propose that all stakeholders especially the locals should be in the lead to find the root causes of suspscions. It is their elephant and solutions should be theirs, experts work approved by the locals. This may reduce some resitance. Uncertainity Reduction Theory could used including the Snowball strategy. I know most of what I have said has been tried by experts in relavant fields.
HIFA Profile: Kenneth L Chanda is Associate Consultant and Lecturer at National Institute of Public Administration where he is lecturing in Records Management. He is co-author of The development of telehealth as a strategy to improve health care services in Zambia. Kenneth L. Chanda & Jean G. Shaw. Health Information & Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 133139, June 2010. He recently retired as Assistant Medical Librarian at the University of Zambia. Masters degree in Development for Commication, patient advocate
Email: klchanda AT gmail.com