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Reintegrating the “Other” Challenges of Stigmatization in Policies and Practice: The Case of Ebola Survivors and Their Relatives During the 2014–2016 Epidemic

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Abstract

Ebola broke out as an epidemic in 2015, in societies already torn apart by a history of civil war, military coups, international patronage, and underdevelopment. The disease not only depleted the already weak public health infrastructure but also severely fractured the social fabric resulting in violence and stigmatization. Several survivors were rejected by their society or faced discrimination from their family, friends, and neighbors. The paper discusses how stigma can be averted actively. Successful cases from the field in Liberia and Sierra Leone suggest that through community participation and careful planning, the patient can still be in contact with the outside world and the survivor can become part of his or her community again. By improving their well-being and their social visibility, local organizations and sensitive policies can direct the response toward the betterment of wider social networks and benefit local economies.

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Acknowledgements

The author warmly thanks Prof. Janki Andharia, JTSDS (TISS), for her continuous and relentless contributions to this paper in terms of content and discourse.

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