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The inability to carry out their normal businesses led to a decrease in household incomes. The feedback on the impact of the EVD on food security overwhelmingly supports the findings from the modelling approach. It not only reduces access to food (affirmed by 90 percent of the respondents), but has also negatively affected people’s food consumption habits. Many people changed their consumption habits and had to eat less than before the EVD. The EVD has had a significant impact on the education sector. The impact consists in the loss of teachers and students, the closure of schools and a reduction in school attendance. Respondents to this survey have known, on average, four teachers or school staff who have died from the EVD. Nine out of ten people confirmed the reduction in school attendance as a result of the EVD (figure 21). This development confirms the issues raised in the earlier part of the report on the impact of the EVD on children. Communal support to the affected people still remains strong although the social life seems to be changing. Despite the fear of contracting the disease, the majority of the respondents affirm Figure 21: Change in school attendance since the onset of the Ebola virus disease Figure 22: Acceptance in adopting or taking care of children whose parents have died of the Ebola virus disease Source: Authors’ estimation. Source: Authors’ estimation. Don’t know 2% More attendance 1% Less attendance 92% More attendance 5% Don't know No YES Who are cured of EVD Whose parents are victims of EVD 55 128 351 57 106 363 SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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53 that people are ready to welcome or to take care of children who have been cured of EVD or whose parents have died of Ebola (figure 22). Yet, the fact that around one third of the respondents are ready to distance themselves from the culture of ‘be your neighbours’ keeper’ is an indication that EVD is eroding age-long communal behaviours. The EVD has negatively affected Guinean social life, including attending ceremonies and public events; around 77 percent of the respondents stated that their social lives had changed as a result of the fear of contracting Ebola through social gatherings. The perceived fear caused resistance among the population that not only complicated containment measures, but also led to deaths of health workers. For instance, in September 2014, eight members of an anti-Ebola campaign team were assaulted and killed in Wome, a village near N’zérékoré in Guinea. They were accused by villagers of spreading the EVD by spraying chlorine in infected communities. With better community engagement and proactive awareness raising, people have started to avoid risky cultural behaviours. Awareness was raised on the risk of transmitting Ebola through direct, close contact, body liquids and infected objects, and risky ceremonies were reduced as much as possible. Furthermore, the manner in which traditional initiation ceremonies and rites are being conducted has started to change (figure 23).
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