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and around 13 percent believed that it would take more than a year for normalcy to return. Very few people (around 2.2%) were sceptical about life returning to normal. Guineans were also asked about how the EVD had affected their expectations about the future. Ebola had a negative impact on people’s perception of the future. For the majority of the respondents, Ebola diminished their hopes for the future (54%); only 46 percent stated that the future would either remain as before the EVD or would improve. The social impact of the EVD is mostly reflected by a general fear among the population. People expressed fear for the future of their family, community and for the whole country (figure 25). At the family and community levels, this fear is aggravated among people who lost relatives or community members or whose livelihoods have been destroyed (figure 16). Based on past experience with respect to access to basic service delivery and the way that the EVD was managed at the onset, people’s overall confidence in the government regarding its Figure 25: Fear for the future, at the family and community, and country levels Source: Authors’ estimation. Family and community level Country level Yes 87% Less 2% No 8% Don’t know 3% Yes 88% No 8% Don’t know 4% SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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56 ability to successfully manage the EVD crisis is very poor; around 72 percent lost confidence in the government during this EVD period crisis (figure 26). The government has an important role to play in building confidence. How early recovery is managed is key. Effective management will help build trust and confidence in the people and boost their expectations for the future. The national government was rated better than local administrations while international community ranked highest in responding to EVD. Guinean authorities’ responses to the EVD were rated appropriate and the national government was rated above the local administration: around 48 percent ranked the national government excellent in its response compared to 44 percent for the local administration. The local administration was seen as impenetrable on issues relating to culture. However, the fact that some local government members or local chiefs were victim of Ebola or have lost relatives due to the Ebola has facilitated awareness raising in some localities. This boosted local government collaboration on the implementation of Ebola intervention and control measures. Guineans commended the international community response to Ebola. The vast majority of respondents affirmed that the support and response from the international community enabled a good and efficient management of the Ebola crisis. More than 80 percent rated the response excellent. Yet, some still see room for improvement, especially on issues relating to the coordination of efforts and in helping to mitigate the negative impacts of the EVD at the community level.
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