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This is a module created to improve preparedness for and response of communities in countries at risk of a cholera epidemic.

These guidelines provide evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency, including guidance to countries on building capacity for communicating risk during health emergencies. This includes guidance on: building trust and engaging with communities and affected populations; integrating risk communication into existing national and local emergency preparedness and response structures; and emergency risk communication practice—from strategizing, planning, coordinating, messaging, channeling, and different methods and approaches of communication and engagement, to monitoring and evaluation—based on a systematic assessment of the evidence on what worked and what did not work during recent emergencies.

This Operational Framework provides a practical reference toward achieving public health systems preparedness and resilience to existing and future disease threats at the human-animal-environment interface. It offers a comprehensive overview of the One Health concept and operational guidance for One Health application (what, why, and how), serving as a detailed orientation for users who wish to understand and implement this approach.

This document is intended to support implementation of the National Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Strategy developed as an outcome of Ghana’s coordinated and collaborative response to communicating with the public and all stakeholders on the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides guidance on what is to be done, by who, where, and when in applying risk communication and social mobilization actions when public health emergencies arise.

With the support of USAID/Breakthrough ACTION, this guide was developed by crisis and emergency risk communication committee members within the framework of animal and environmental health as recommended by the "One Health" concept, in order to assist health promotion actors in managing Ebola virus disease rumors.

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