What is Channels of Hope for Ebola?
Channels of Hope for Ebola is a methodology that draws on a range of material including sacred scriptures, scientific information and messages, case studies, personal experience and interactive activities to remove religious and social barriers that result in the continued spread of Ebola. It also addresses the stigma and the psychosocial and spiritual challenges that affected individuals face. The programme fully equips faith leaders to promote accurate and responsible messages about Ebola and helps them to respond with compassion and care for affected people.
Faith leaders are amongst the most influential members in a community, wielding considerable influence over culture and what actions are prescribed or prohibited in their communities. Unfortunately, faith leaders and communities often lack necessary skills and information to engage in a helpful way on health issues, resulting in wrong information and promotion of religious practices that continue to spread Ebola.
Through Channels of Hope for Ebola, faith leaders are further enabled to become powerful messengers and change agents, inspiring entire communities to care for and love one another and deconstruct barriers to good health in their communities.
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