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Dear Friends

Let us offer our experience to communities that are currently faced with Ebola. Please upload on Youtube, FB, Google + a short video of 3-4 minutes that states who you are, the experience with  Ebola, Cholera, AIDS, avian flu you want to share, and what principle for action you learned from that experience. Please link your video to the request posted in Ning. Rituu and the Share team will  be happy to help you.

This short video from Dr Miatudila Malonga who was on the team who gave the virus the name Ebola in 1976 hits the nail on its head!



Chers amis

Soyons solidaires, et offrons notre experience aux communautés confrontées à Ebola. Faites une petite vidéo de trois quatre minutes, qui explique qui vous êtes, quelle expérience vous souhaitez partager, (la réponse à Ebola, au sida au choléra, à la grippe aviaire,) et téléchargez-la sur l'une ou l'autre plateforme (Youtube, FB, Google plus) puis copiez le lien ici!

Jean-François Ruppol a été l'un des premiers à se rendre à Yambuku lors de la première épidémie à Yambuku. Ecoutez son expérience. Cela vaut la peine!




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Ebola pioneer Miatudila hits the nail on its head: "Communities must have the leadership role in the fight against Ebola. Watch this 4' must see video 

I was able to view the video by Dr Miatudila Malonga. Very informative indeed.

Thanks for sharing.

Dear Jean Louis,

Please find two responses:

One is a video especially recorded by Jindra Cekan 

Response from Ian Campbell, founding member of the Constellation

I am Dr Ian Campbell representing the Constellation for Community Life Competence, an international group of facilitators drawn together over the last 10 years in response to HIV initially, and over time, to many other  critical health issues including avian flu, and post tsunami response in affected countries during 2005/6.
The founding members represent a long history of front line and innovative involvement in conjoined local community and health systems response to HIV, and other threat to human health and well being. Home care linked to expansion of local prevention and linkage with health providers is a norm developed through  some  core methodologies including SALT (Support and Learning Team development) and several forms of self assessment as a means of encouraging progress. 
The Constellation with its many partners stands ready to help facilitate local community competence for response to Ebola in any and all of the affected countries.
The significant experience it can offer includes 
1.Facilitating local home care and referral, linked to neighbourhood centered change that can lead to community owned and directed isolation, quarantine, and containment, whilst effectively connecting with other local communities for learning and stimulating wider response. 
2. Engaging local communities and district health workers in a conjoined response so that trust builds, shared action happens for care and prevention, and learning is exchanged as a motivational foundation for sustaining and rapidly expanding the local and national response into the medium and long term, which is what control of the Ebola epidemic will require. 

Macenta en pleine crise face à l'Ebola

Shares his experience in application of community life competence on Ebola in Guinee

Ebola est un problème qui demande une réponse totale des communautés. aujourd'hui à Macenta, N'zérékoré la réticence des communautés contre les animateurs est visible. les communautés pensent que L'Ebola est la fabrication des blancs pour tuer tous les noirs, d'autres accusent le régime au pouvoir.

Dans cette impasse, voici les stratégies appliquées dans nos communautés: mise en place des commissions de vigilance nuits et jours  ou des patrouilles. toutes ces initiatives sont parties de l'idées, partout croix rouge fait des pulvérisations simultanément le virus Ebola prend place. une solution forte d'autres est aucun individu n'est permis de quitter son village. Chacun chez soi.

Cependant, une fois dans une communauté, je  pars de leurs connaissances sur Ebola pour bâtir autres, juste les aider à ordonner leurs réponses en indiquant que faire en cas d'ebola au village, comment peut éviter l'ebola.

souvent elles disent, là toi tu nous a édifié et c'est fini. toi tu es bien.

Rendons la communauté simple dans le transfert des connaissances sur l'Ebola.

This response comes from Philip Forth. Thanks Phil! Says Phil "Constellation has applied community life competence approach in context of Malaria. Here are the three videos on the page "The idea of Malaria Competence" http://www.malariacompetence.orgThese seem to me to be a good starting point. I have also attached a transcript of the videos with a translation into English or French as necessary."


Blaise Toulassi Sedoh, Coordinator of the Togolese Red Cross with responsibility for HIV/AIDS and malaria.

“In the past, national programmes have always been from the top downwards, vertical programmes. For once, the Self Assessment tool makes it possible to start from ground level.

This is what people appreciated, and this is what is new; everyone knows now that the issue is settled within the community.

Now, even if we have an organisation and a fairly efficient programme against malaria, with all the necessary means and decisions, if those who are concerned are not involved, if they do not participate, if they are not associated, if they do not join the struggle, if they do not adopt what we think is right to do, if communities do not make these principles their own, we have no result.”

Dr Battah Kuami, Head of the Health Department in the Togolese Red Cross/chef du département santé de la Croix Rouge Togolaise

Moi j’ai toujours dit que, en matière de santé, surtout en matière de santé communautaire, c’est l’homme qui est au centre.

L’homme qui est au centre, en ce sens que c’est un changement de comportement qui amène l’homme à trouver vraiment des solutions aux problèmes, notamment au problème du paludisme.

Là où on est arrivé maintenant c’est qu’on a amené l’homme à comprendre qu’il est la solution de son problème. Et c’est à ce moment là que ça commencé à marcher.

Principal of Keer Cherno School


What do you do next with the Self Assessment?

Sometimes this (showing the Self Assessment) is my bible.

Does it have a role in the future?

Oh, yes. It has a role.

If you want to be successful in implementing ANYTHING, you must involve people.

If people are involved there is nothing that you cannot do.

And if there is understanding and interest and will, you can do ANYTHING

Shared by Jean Louis Lamboray

Washington Forum du jeudi 25 septembre 2014 : Une fois encore cette semaine, nous braquons les projecteurs sur le tueur Ebola. L’épidémie est en croissance «explosive» en Afrique de l’Ouest, avertit l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) qui réclame un renforcement drastique des moyens de lutte. Mais il y a encore beaucoup d’obstacles à surmonter, alors qu’au Libéria on craint que la fièvre Ebola replonge le pays dans la guerre civile. Jacques Aristide reçoit le Dr Malonga Miatudila, spécialiste du virus Ebola ; et Zakaria Camara et Nicolas Pinault de la VOA.

Wonderfull! I love those messages! Thank you Rituu for the sharing!

I found this video on Twitter 

International support is crucial to stop Ebola, but will only work if the local cultural and social responce works

Cormac is a faculty member of the ABCD Institute, Director of ABCD Europe and MD of Nurture Development.

He shared on Twitter:

totally agree, worked across Rift Valley, S Sudan, Rwanda all my instincts if response isn't community driven it will fail.


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