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Open Access EBODAC - Communication strategy and tools for optimizing the impact of Ebola vaccination deployment - H2020

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Communication strategy and tools for optimizing the impact of Ebola vaccination deployment.

The EBODAC consortium consists of 4 partners: Janssen (EFPIA), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), World Vision of Ireland and Grameen Foundation . These partners have experience and expertise in:

• (Ebola) vaccine development and vaccine acceptance; m-health deployments for disease management in resource limited settings (Janssen).

• Vaccine acceptance; risk management in health programs (LSHTM).

• Mobile health deployments for emergency assistance; communication and training delivery in emergency settings (World Vision).

• Mobile health software development and deployment in resource limited settings (Grameen).

As such, the EBODAC consortium is well placed to tackle the challenges associated with Ebola vaccine deployment, including:

• Stigma related to Ebola infections.

• Lack of understanding and distrust versus vaccines in general in the local endemic communities.

• Two step prime/booster regimen for Ebola vaccine: risk for a 'no show' for the booster shot, risk for presenting for the booster shot too early or too late; risk for a different person presenting for the booster shot vs. the prime shot.

• People may be difficult to reach for the vaccine recall; People may live at a large distance from the health center where the vaccine is delivered.

• Risk for data on vaccine coverage to be fragmented, not existing or incorrect.

The EBODAC consortium is committed to deliver:

• A communication strategy that will optimize vaccine acceptance, supported by local anthropology research data.

• A platform, based on mobile phone technology, for Ebola vaccine recalls, information/education on Ebola and vaccines in general; and tracking of vaccination coverage.

• An identification tool to allow to match the identity of individuals in the prime and boost vaccine regimens.

• A training program in the local setting, and a helpdesk function, to support the m-health platform, and the communication strategy deployment.

The project currently is designed to take 3 years, but will have to synchronize with the timelines and outcome of the IMI2 Ebola+ Call, Topic 1.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 15, 2018

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