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The Unknown Unknowns: Diagnosing the New Coronavirus
As countries across the world struggle to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, rapid and accurate diagnosis has rarely been so important.
Coronavirus outbreak: WHO expert says countries must shift mindset to virus preparedness
Countries around the world need to shift their mindset to preparing for an outbreak of the novel coronavirus and be ready to respond rapidly when it arrives, a top World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Tuesday.
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New data from China buttress fears about high coronavirus fatality rate, WHO expert says
One of the hopes of people watching China’s coronavirus outbreak was that the alarming picture of its lethality is probably exaggerated because a lot of mild cases are likely being missed.
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Risk communication and community engagement readiness and initial response for novel coronaviruses (nCoV)
This document provides WHO checklists for risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) readiness and initial response for novel coronaviruses (nCoV) recently identified in Wuhan, China (2019-nCoV). The objective of this document is to provide actionable guidance for countries to implement effective RCCE strategies which will help protect the public’s health in the early response to nCoV. This document includes recommended RCCE goals and actions for countries preparing for nCoV cases and for countries that have confirmed -nCoV cases.
Civet Cats, Fried Grasshoppers, and David Beckham’s Pajamas: Unruly Bodies after SARS
This article discusses the viscerality of consumption; in particular, consumption-as-eating and consumption-as-spending as a set
© Institut Pasteur/Dominique Tardy
State of vaccine confidence in the European Union in 2018
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The state of social science research on antimicrobial resistance
This paper investigates the genealogy of social science research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by piecing together the bibliometric characteristics of this branch of research. Drawing on the Web of Science as the primary database, the analysis shows that while academic interest in AMR has increased substantially over the last few years, social science research continues to constitute a negligible share of total academic contributions. More in-depth network analysis of citations and bibliometric couplings suggests how the impact of social science research on the scientific discourse on AMR is both peripheral and spread thin. We conclude that this limited social science engagement is puzzling considering the clear academic and practical demand and the many existing interdisciplinary outlets. [Antimicrobial resistance, Health policy, Social science, Bibliometrics, Network analysis]
Three Acts of Resistance during the 2014–16 West Africa Ebola Epidemic – A Focus on Community Engagement
Community engagement is commonly regarded as a crucial entry point for gaining access and securing trust during humanitarian emergencies. In this article, we present three case studies of community engagement encounters during the West African Ebola outbreak. They represent strategies commonly implemented by the humanitarian response to the epidemic: communication through comités de veille villageois in Guinea, engagement with NGO-affiliated community leadership structures in Liberia and indirect mediation to chiefs in Sierra Leone. These case studies are based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out before, during and after the outbreak by five anthropologists involved in the response to Ebola in diverse capacities. Our goal is to represent and conceptualise the Ebola response as a dynamic interaction between a response apparatus, local populations and intermediaries, with uncertain outcomes that were negotiated over time and in response to changing conditions. Our findings show that community engagement tactics that are based on fixed notions of legitimacy are unable to respond to the fluidity of community response environments during emergencies. [Ebola; community engagement; ethnography; legitimacy]
© Institut Pasteur/J.Do Kokou
An Epidemic of Suspicion — Ebola and Violence in the DRC
© Institut Pasteur
A note on language
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No
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