SOUTH SUDAN, DRC
A retrospective qualitative study was carried out to analyse datasets from perception studies on the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak, the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, and response and preparedness mechanisms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Community perception data was gathered weekly by Internews to guide their humanitarian programming and address misinformation and community concerns. This study was designed to identify trends in people’s changing views and concerns over time and across borders, and to understand the links between context and historical developments. The findings provided insight and lessons for humanitarian programming on the prevention of disease outbreaks in a volatile and complex cross-border region.