Channels of Hope is a World Vision methodology that motivates and builds capacity in faith leaders and faith communities to engage with key child well-being issues. Channels of Hope for Ebola draws on 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 prescribing and prohibiting actions 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 the spread of wrong information and promotion of religious practices that could continue to spread Ebola.
Channels of Hope for Ebola enables faith leaders to become powerful messengers and agents of change, inspiring entire communities to care for and love one another and deconstruct barriers to good health in their communities.
- Faith communities are engaged in actions that contribute to Ebola prevention, advocacy or care
- Community knowledge about mechanisms to prevent and treat Ebola increases
- Survivors and families are supported and accepted
Overview of the Channels of Hope for Ebola model used in the Ebola response
Overview of World Vision's Ebola response in Sierra Leone
Berkley Center case study on responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
The barriers and enablers to community acceptance and implementation of safe burials
An exploratory study to examine the effectiveness of community-based Ebola prevention and management strategies
Lancet article on the Ebola response in West Africa
Pastors and Imams work together to ensure their communities know how to avoid Ebola transmission