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      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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          Science Impact, Ltd.
          2398-7073
          October 15 2018
          October 15 2018
          : 2018
          : 7
          : 12-14
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          10.21820/23987073.2018.7.12
          © 2018

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