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Ebola information on sachet water bags

Sachet water is widely distributed and consumed in the affected regions, also in rural communities. Information about Ebola (symptoms, risks, to dos) could be printed on the bags to inform in simple, catchy words and symbols. People who consumer sachet water are already aware of the need of clean water for their health. So, there is an understanding of hygiene, and a level of trust in the product and its supplier. This is an ideal starting point to raise awareness for ebola and encourage action in the case someone has symptoms or oberserves them at someone else. Water could also be given for free to communities to accelerate distribution. Also, other food products could be used, e.g. rice bags (or the local equalivant).

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INFORMATION ON THE BAG:
1. Ebola is a risk for your life and for that of your family and community
2. That are the symptoms: ...
3. Prevention and treatment is possible if you seek help early!
4. Go to a nearby hospital or treatment center

ADVANTAGES:
- Easy to produce
- Existing distribution network which also reaches rural communities
- Existing awareness for hygiene and the correlation with health
- Level of trust with the product "sachet water"
- Reaches individuals and communities overall
- Can be given out by ebola information teams who visit the communities. It may help them to be accepted by the citizens as they give something for free which people need
- Can be handed out to community leaders and/or religious leading to provide the water to people visiting services and communities gatherings

WHAT I NEED FROM THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN
- Someone with experience in health communication in the specific cultural context
- Someone who can help to get in contact with sachet water producing and distributing companies (or chambers of commerce, trade association who can give contacts)
- A graphic designer who can also produce the print file to be provided to the local partners
- Translater in local language
- Feedback if something similar was done before and the learnings
 

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I like your idea. I am writing a paper for my class How to Change the World, with Coursera, about the subject on how to educate the affected people on Ebola.
I have the following questions.
How can we know, learn about the culture of the affected people, so we can connect to them.
What experts are needed to write the message? Artists, scientists…
How can the message be delivered? Brochures, songs, video
What media? What technology is available or is it none in some cases.
Time. This virus is moving rapidly. Can information to educate the affected people be implemented soon enough?

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