Health promotion is dependent upon sharing information with local populations
and adapting health-care services to make them more acceptable, and is an essential part of
any Ebola intervention. Listening to the concerns of local communities and engaging them as
active participants ensures that health promotion messages are relevant, acceptable and understandable
as well as culturally appropriate. Ebola is associated with fear and death, thus
understanding the significance and meanings of life, death, disease and sickness for the Kissi
of Guinea Forestière (Guinea) is essential for ensuring acceptable health services. Community
engagement was essential for this research to gain the trust of the Kissi and to facilitate the
sharing of knowledge and information to reduce the transmission of the Ebola virus. This
technical account is based on three periods of ethnographic fieldwork and health promotion
activities conducted in Guinea between May 2014 and February 2015.
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