Conduct KAP Evaluation to Improve Ebola Response

In 2014, an Ebola virus disease outbreak, the largest ever recorded, occurred and spread quickly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in West Africa. Cote d’Ivoire, which shares borders with two of the most affected countries (Guinea and Liberia) was then at high risk. To prevent the spread of the outbreak, the Government of Cote d’Ivoire implemented preventive measures and established the Comité Nationalde Lutte contre Ebola, chaired by the Prime Minister. Within this committee, IANPHI member Institut National de Sante Publique (INSP) was charged with providing scientific input and training in support of the efforts of other institutions to implement control measures. As part of this contribution, with CDC funding and IANPHI support, INSP conducted a rapid evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) related to Ebola, followed by a social marketing training session based on the survey findings. The aim of the survey was to determine the level of acceptance of preventive measures among health workers and the public and to identify ways to improve messaging. Subsequently, with IANPHI and CDC support, INSP was able to disseminate the research findings beyond the national stakeholders and share best practices.