Infectious science engagement activities in post-Ebola Sierra Leone (360G-Wellcome-207498_Z_17_A)
Having experienced the Ebola epidemic first-hand, we realised that the majority of the population did not know what a pathogen was, creating fear and misbeliefs that hampered outbreak control. There is a clear need for science engagement and an opportunity to provide it now. We have found school children to be highly tuned into discussions about Ebola and other pathogens. Now is the right time to broaden their awareness of infectious diseases beyond Ebola, and to engage their curiosity through science creating a positive legacy. We aim to: - Engage young people in Sierra Leone in the science of infectious diseases that are all around them, sparking their scientific curiosity and making conversations about pathogens commonplace. - Empower young people with the understanding that if they know how infectious diseases spread, they can prevent infections, improving their health and that of those around them. - Excite young people about science and encourage scientific studies and careers.
£144,350 30 Jan 2018