1 activity 2018 with the value of USD 49.9 k, summarized by
How was Ebola stopped? Determining the role of risk communication and social mobilization during the outbreak in Sierra Leone USD 49 863

Medical Research


Striking in one of the world’s poorest countries, Ebola caused enormous human and economic losses in Sierra Leone, during and after the outbreak in 2014-2016. Risk communication and social mobilisation are powerful, but often overlooked tools in combating a disease outbreak. This research project aims to understand how these interventions work and how they influenced the epidemic curve, as they could be the key to dramatically alter the course of an infectious disease outbreak.Using a mix of quantitative, qualitative and quasi-experimental methods, the proposed studies will in four years assess the influence communication channels such as radio, governmental campaigns and community sources had on Ebola-specific knowledge, behaviour, risk perception and stigma. Furthermore, it will look at how risk communication affected the epidemic curve and interview journalists and stakeholders to determine what can be learned from this outbreak. An experiment in which radio journalists and an audience are asked to create and listen to stories of a hypothetical new disease outbreak, will give further insights into what kind of messages are effective.Collaborating with local and international actors in Sierra Leone and the USA, this project has the potential to gather evidence in a new combination of research fields and can produce practical recommendations for future health emergencies. This is of paramount importance so that a devastating outbreak of this magnitude will never be repeated.

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The Swedish Research Council

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Year Value (SEK) Value (USD)
2019 SEK 433 t USD 45.8 k
2018 SEK 433 t USD 49.9 k
2014 SEK 821 t USD 120 k
2012 SEK 2,0 t USD 289
2011 SEK 11,9 t USD 1.8 k
2010 SEK -645 USD -90
2009 SEK 86,2 t USD 11.3 k
2008 SEK 177 t USD 26.4 k
2007 SEK 82,3 t USD 12.2 k
2006 SEK 70,5 t USD 9.6 k
2005 SEK 150 t USD 20.1 k
2004 SEK 144 t USD 19.6 k
2003 SEK 195 t USD 24.1 k
2002 SEK 298 t USD 30.7 k
2001 SEK 502 t USD 48.6 k
2000 SEK 273 t USD 29.8 k
1999 SEK 169 t USD 20.5 k

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Human Development Index
(Ranking 189 countries, 2019)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
(Per capita in USD, 2018)
World's aid (ODA) as percentage of GNI
20.2 %
(ODA, 2018)
Swedish part of total aid (ODA)
11.3 %
(ODA, 2018)


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