Fund and Fight
Our approach is a two pronged approach:
1)Enlist survivors into the health workforce to minimize social stigma against victims and their families. Currently around 1,000 survivors in West Africa who are less at risk of being re-infected. Healthcare workers would work in community units lead by survivors of local communities.
2) We would set up a healthcare workers fun and start a global fundraising social media campaign. We would also set up a page with the local healthcare worker teams and people could donate to particular communities like kiva.
The need for bottom up approach to creating safe working environment:
1.Constant supplies of quality PPEs and periodic training for all healthcare workers and other hospital staff through countries' health systems.
2.Enlist survivors into the health workforce to minimize social stigma against victims and their families. Currently around 1,000 survivors in West Africa who are less at risk of being re-infected.Healthcare workers would work in community units lead by survivors of local communities
3.Local healthcare workers including survivors turned workers would received financial incentive adequate to care their family members. Healthcare workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone reportedly abandoned Ebola Treatment Units in demands for improved financial benefits.
4.Campaigns (radio, newspaper, phone-in programs, pyramid approach) would destigmatize the disease and elevate the status of health care workers
Global fundraising through social media campaign(Establish pooled funds to raise donations from individuals and international organizations to specifically address):
1.Maintain supply and distribution of quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to local healthcare workers in poor countries
2.Timeliness of enhance of improved financial incentive for local healthcare workers in poor countries
3.A lot has been donated currently, but none of the methods have utilized a popular social movement to create donations. Only a fifth of what is required has currently been donated.
eg. Ice Bucket Challenge
Why will this work?
●Will ensure the continuous supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to local health centers and training for health workers on usages and disposal of PPE.
●Will build partnership and cooperation between healthcare workers, victims and survivors of communities. This partnership is important to ensure the safety of healthcare workers in local and hostiled communities as they work to stop the virus.
●Pyramid outreach approach: Ebola survivors will be encouraged to do outreach in their community to recruit other ebola survivors utilizing the fact that they are familiar with that community’s local dialect and culture. For example, one survivor will reach out to three survivors in their community. Those three survivors will then be asked to each reach out to three other survivors. This will also be tied into how people donate money, by creating a Kiva type database for all community teams, people will be able to form personal connections while donating money.
●Media campaign: Through use of radio, information brochures, newspapers, and phone in talk shows, the campaign will aim to reduce the social stigma against health workers and survivors, convey the message that those who have survived the disease are now immune, and elevate the position of the healthcare worker in society as one of great prestige. Show that healthcare workers are helping their families and countries. Idea was derived from Uncle Sam campaigns that elevated position of military service.
●Will ensure coordination between infected countries and international health organisations including donors for efficient allocation of resources to fight ebola.