Creating Trusting Relationships Between Health Workers, Community Members In the Time of Ebola


The latest Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests that lack of trust in health system caused the Ebola outbreak to get out of control in West Africa during the early stages of its crisis, particularly in Guinea.

Timothy Roberton, MPH, MA, a DrPH candidate in the school's Department of International Health, notes, had the citizens and their health care community developed a trusting relationship prior to the outbreak, important messages about the disease and how to stop its spread would likely have gotten through to people much sooner and slowed the march of Ebola.

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