Social Mobilization Lessons Learned: The Ebola Response in Liberia

The impact of the 2014 Ebola outbreak on Liberia’s already weak health system was considerable. Hundreds of health workers died, trust in the health system was further diminished, and work in other key heath areas, such as maternal and child health, malaria, and HIV, suffered because of the loss of crucial staff and resources. The Ebola epidemic also revealed weaknesses in global health agency/organization response systems, from acknowledging the emergency to having the mechanisms in place to quickly respond to an evolving public health crisis in countries without strong and resilient health systems—and the importance of rebuilding health systems after such a crisis.

This report documents the work of the Ebola Response Social Mobilization Pillar, part of Liberia’s six-pillar incident management system (IMS), and key social mobilization efforts that contributed to the response in Liberia during the 2014–2015 West African Ebola outbreak.

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