Communication for behavioural impact (COMBI) in outbreak.
This toolkit was designed on the basis of experiences from direct application of the method of communication for behavioural impact (COMBI) in outbreaks. COMBI was first applied during the outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan in 2004. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network sent a WHO COMBI staff member to assist in community outreach and mobilization conducted by the district social mobilization team in Yambio. The highly committed team members were often asked difficult questions in communities in which they were providing information and trying to persuade families and communities to comply with the recommended prevention and control measures. The WHO Global Alert and Response Department had long recognized the need for a systematic planning framework, and Yambio provided an opportunity to apply COMBI and assess its contribution.