Mapping social sciences research for the Ebola response in DRC and neighboring countries

This map documents social sciences operational research for the Ebola response in the North Kivu/Ituri regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. The aim is to provide policymakers, responders, and funders with a comprehensive vision of where and what kinds of social sciences operational research efforts are taking place. The exercise can also assist responding organizations and funders to identify gaps in the present response. It will be updated regularly.

Those wishing to request data or results may contact the study coordinator directly.

This mapping exercise is a collaborative initiative of SoNAR-Global and GOARN-R Social Sciences.

If your organization or institution has conducted, is conducting, or is planning such social science research and would be willing to contribute to this initiative, please contact Tamara Giles-Vernick (, Nina Gobat ( and/ or Kevin Bardosh (

See Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform Ebola briefs
The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of WHO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.
This map captures the social sciences research activities conducted by the following institutions: Bluesquare; Comité National d’Ethique de la Recherche en Santé de la Guinée; Community Based Initiative (Monrovia); EboDAC (Ebola vaccine Deployment Acceptance and Compliance) Consortium (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; World Vision Ireland; Grameen Foundation); Georgetown University Center for Global Health & Security; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Harvard School of Public Health; Health & Sustainable Development Foundation; Humanitarian Health Ethics (Canadian inter-university research group); International Federation of the Red Cross, Makerere University; Medair; Mercy Corps; Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases; Oxfam; Pan-African Network for Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics; Réseau des Associations des Survivants Guéries d'Ebola de de Guinée; School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa; Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors; Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre; Social Science and Humanitarian Action Platform; Talus Analytics, Uganda Ministry of Health-Infectious Diseases Institute, Uganda Field Epidemiology Training Program; University of British Columbia; US Centers for Disease Control; US CDC Uganda office; US CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine-Global Border Health Team; UNICEF; Western University; Wilfrid Laurier University; the World Health Organization; York University (Toronto).
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