We are grateful for the generous donations made through Global Giving to help us advance PCI Media Impact’s #ISurvivedEbola Campaign. This transmedia project mobilized survivors of Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to share stories of recovery to inform the West African general public about the virus and how they could protect themselves and their communities from it, reduce stigmatization, and promote reintegration of Ebola survivors.
Over the course of the program, we shared the stories of survivors to their neighbors and to people around the world through documentaries in video, audio, and print formats that were disseminated broadly via local, national, and international media, online platforms, and other distribution channels. Educational radio dramas that told fictional yet reality-based stories about how to survive Ebola, and radio call-in shows that featured discussions with Ebola survivors and health experts, were foundational campaign activities.
In sharing their stories of trauma, recovery and hard-won first-hand knowledge of safety practices and stigma, the Ebola survivors featured in PCI Media Impact’s #ISurvivedEbola campaign have elevated the awareness and sensitivity of Ebola-affected communities, despite a climate of mistrust and confusion. An inspiring outcome of our work with these survivors was the formation ofSurvivors Associations that are now mobilizing to help meet these challenges in their communities. We provided these inspiring men and women with the training and resources they needed to lead activities with the following objectives:
- Act as spokespersons for public health prevention and be positioned for rapid response should new outbreaks occur
- Promote reintegration support for hundreds of Ebola survivors
- Shifting the public outlook from fear and despair toward resilience and hope
We are proud of having amplified the courageous voices of Ebola survivors to make a vital response to a deadly epidemic and to deepen their capacity to support the health and resilience of the survivor community in the aftermath of Ebola. Because of the incredible hard work of so many individuals, communities, governments and local and international organizations, the Ebola outbreak has ended. As a result, we have completed our program activities for #ISurvivedEbola and are deactivating this project at this time.
Please considering donating to another PCI Media Project in Africa—Help us Celebrate more 5th Birthdays in Mozambique—a vibrant, popular program that promotes maternal and child health through drama.