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Regaining trust: an essential prerequisite for controlling the Ebola outbreak

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Omaswa F. Regaining trust: an essential prerequisite for controlling the Ebola outbreak. The Lancet Global Health 2014
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'We achieved public trust in Uganda through very intensive communication with the public. Epidemic status reports were issued through press statements every morning, lunchtime, and evening along with a press conference each morning. The media are critical in building and sustaining trust and their own confidence has to be won...'
 
'The second key intervention we made was the recruitment of the support of community or village leaders working alongside the Village Health Teams who are a cadre of community health workers that already existed in the public health system structures. Controlling the epidemic is about early detection, isolation, treatment of new infections, contact tracing, and safe handling of body fluids and the remains of those who die...'
 
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Francis Omaswa 

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2014
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August