Global Health Communications Strategies: Ebola and the Untapped Potential of Religious Networks

Ebola Education Poster by UNICEF Guinea

October 6, 2014
Location: Off Campus World Bank Map

The Ebola crisis in West Africa has had a frightening human toll. It also raises far-reaching questions about local and international responses to catastrophes. Faith-inspired organizations have been at the forefront of the response, but media coverage and public health and political responses do not seem to have taken much note of the broader potential of religious networks and leaders in the international response. This consultation explored what we know about faith responses to Ebola and developed ideas for improving efficiency and outreach that engages key faith-inspired organizations, as well as the broader faith and interfaith networks within the countries concerned. This consultation generated a policy brief with recommendations for potential avenues of improved communications, networking, and response by development and humanitarian actors. Please email comments to

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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