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Mobile Social Media for Preventing the Ebola Virus Disease Spread in Liberia and Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis
Uganda Christian University, Mbale University College, Mbale, Uganda.
Karlstads universitet, Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (from 2013), Handelshögskolan (from 2013).ORCID-id: 0000-0001-6826-3358
2019 (engelsk)Inngår i: Mobile Solutions and Their Usefulness in Everyday Life / [ed] Sara Paiva, Cham: Springer, 2019, 1, s. 173-188Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

The aftermath of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis in West Africa in 2014 was horrific. The EVD epidemic claimed 11,315 lives and had almost a 40 per cent killing rate. The EVD had huge negative effects on social, economic and political fronts of the four most affected countries Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Liberia was the country worst hit and Nigeria was the least affected among them. In both countries, social media was widely used to provide public health messaging and behavioural change guidance to the population on how to avoid getting infected with the deadly EVD. However, while the use of social media significantly reduced the spread of Ebola in Nigeria by 75 per cent, it was not effective in reducing the spread of the EVD in Liberia. In this paper, we reflect factors responsible for the ineffective use of mobile social media in aiding social behavioural change guidance towards the prevention of EVD spread in Liberia and the successful use of mobile social media in doing the same in Nigeria. We further reflect on the definition of ‘mobile social media’.

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Cham: Springer, 2019, 1. s. 173-188
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EAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing, ISSN 2522-8595
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Behavioural change, Disease, Mobile communication technologies, FM radio
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Informatik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71873DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93491-4_9ISBN: 978-3-319-93491-4 (digital)ISBN: 978-3-319-93490-7 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-71873DiVA, id: diva2:1305804
Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-04-18 Laget: 2019-04-18 Sist oppdatert: 2019-05-02bibliografisk kontrollert

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