Apr 06, 2020
Global Communities took a comprehensive approach to Ebola programming by coupling infrastructure development, community mobilization and behavior change communications to improve sanitation and hygiene practices. Global Communities’ close relationship with Community Health Workers, Environmental Health Technicians, USAID, and the communities we work with allowed us to quickly respond and refocus USAID-funded WASH activities in March 2014. Our IWASH program began to use its network of communities and their Natural Leaders to mount effective public awareness campaigns about the virus, complemented by the delivery of PPE, soap and disinfectants to clinics and hospitals, and to train clinic staff and environmental health technicians to prevent transmission. After the initial outbreak, GC’s... Read more
Jun 26, 2018
Collaborating, Learning & Adapting Case Analysis: Deep Dive Global Communities’ Ebola Response in Liberia
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Read the summary. From 2014–2015, Ebola devastated communities in Liberia, overwhelming their fragile health care systems with at least 10,675 cases and 4,809 disease-related deaths (CDC, 2016). Global Communities, working with hundreds of communities in Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties on a USAID-funded program to improve water, sanitation and... Read more
Jun 25, 2018
How Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Led to More Effective Prevention During Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak By Ilana Shapiro and Kristin Lindell  |  This article originally appeared on USAID Learning Lab “Why do you only come when someone has died? Why do you not come to help when someone is sick?” This question posed by rural Liberians during the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis revealed broken trust among local communities, the national government and international aid workers, and underscored the tension between local customs and national and international responses to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. For Global Communities,... Read more
Apr 02, 2018
Five Reasons Why Water Security Matters to Global Security By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This blog originally appeared on Medium. Across the globe, populations face the challenge of growing water scarcity. More than one-fifth of the world’s population — 1.6 billion people — live in areas that are suffering from water scarcity of some type. This includes “physical scarcity,” which means there is a not an adequate volume of water to meet people’s needs, and “economic scarcity,” which results from a lack of investment and proper management of infrastructure. In both cases, whether physical or economic, the situation for most countries... Read more
Aug 31, 2017
Improving Community Sanitation and Preventing the Spread of Ebola in Liberia Report highlights the link between improved sanitation practices and the spread of Ebola Read the full report online  |  Download the full pdf report An assessment demonstrating the correlation between Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Ebola prevention in Liberia was published in the Journal of Health Communications at the George Washington School of Public Health—... Read more
Mar 22, 2017
More Than Something to Drink: Water & Long Lasting Development By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared on Medium
Women in Ghana are often forced to walk long distances to bring back water for their families. Water is a basic necessity for life. World Water Day is today, highlighting this fact, as well as the over 600 million people who don’t have access to safe water. But on this year’s World Water Day, I want to move beyond the important stories about those forced to trek many miles to transport clean water to their homes. Increasingly, access to water is not viewed as a... Read more
Feb 03, 2017
How to Combat Ebola, HIV, Zika for a Few Dollars: Understanding Unintended Outcomes By David A. Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities | This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. In my last blog, I focused on the importance of measurement and evidence in designing and implementing the most effective global development programs. But one of the important things we learn from community-based development is that people and communities are dynamic and development, as a process, can lead to unexpected outcomes from which we can learn and adapt.
Hand washing, community-led total sanitation, Liberia One area where... Read more
Oct 06, 2016
Dr. Rajiv Shah on Global Communities' Impact on Ebola Response in Liberia Former Administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, speaks about Global Communites' role in the response to Ebola in Liberia at an event led by CSIS called "Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base."
Jul 28, 2016
Global Communities Liberia Receives Golden Image Award This article first appeared on Reuters Alertnet On July 21st, the Global Communities Liberia team was honored by the Government of Liberia to be a recipient of the Golden Image Award (GIA). First envisioned in 2010 and endorsed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the GIA is premised on two key rationales: to support the Government of Liberia through innovative activities to rebuild Liberia’s image after 14 years of devastating civil crisis; and to honor and recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the peace process in Liberia and/or those who have significantly impacted communities and the lives of other people. This year’s Golden Image Award... Read more
Mar 10, 2016
The Future of Global Health: Lessons Learned From Ebola InterAction invites you to a high-level conversation and panel discussion with NGO implementers and policy makers, with honorary co-host Senator Chris Coons. The panel will discuss lessons learned from the Ebola response and how they can be applied to current and future public health crises.  Moderated by Morning Consult Chief Political Correspondent Reid Wilson. The Future of Global Health: Lessons Learned From Ebola
Thursday, March 17, 2016
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Please... Read more
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