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Project Citation: 

Christensen, Darin, Dube, Oeindrila, Haushofer, Johannes, Siddiqi, Bilal, and Voors, Maarten. Data and Code for: Community-Based Crisis Response: Evidence from Sierra Leone’s Ebola Outbreak. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2020. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-10-08.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Postmortems on the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa suggest that effective community engagement helped slow transmission by encouraging people to come forward and be tested. We evaluate the impact of Community Care Centers: a new crisis response model designed to allay fears about western medical care and, thus, encourage early reporting, isolation, and treatment. We employ new panel data on reported Ebola cases and a difference-in-difference design and find that Community Care Centers dramatically increased reporting, potentially reducing the spread of Ebola. Our results highlight how community-based efforts to increase confidence in health systems can be critical for crisis management. 

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Ebola; Health systems; Epidemic containment; Africa
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      I18 Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
      O15 Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Africa, Sierra Leone
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 8/10/2014 – 4/26/2015
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 8/10/2014 – 4/26/2015
Universe:  View help for Universe
- Reported Ebola cases by week and geographic section.

- Data on placement of CCCs per section week.
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) administrative records data; clinical data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source Epi Info Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) database, implemented and maintained by the MoHS with support from the CDC.
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Section week
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit Section

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