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2018 | 102 | 158-165
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A reconstruction of African social realities during the period of Ebola virus disease epidemic

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The 2013-2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa is widely regarded as the largest and scariest, with 28638 cases and 11316 deaths reported. While Africans have long been known to uphold social values and norms, the EVD outbreak may have affected some of these age-long practices. This paper did an exploratory study of the role of the 2013-2014 EVD outbreak in social reconstruction of realities in West Africa. A literature search of PubMed, EBSCO and Google Scholar for studies on “Ebola” and “social reconstruction” in “Africa” was conducted. Widespread stigmatization, rejection, and isolation of EVD cases, survivors and their relatives characterized affected communities. Social interactions, intimacy, acceptance and identity were the leading realities socially reconstructed. There is need for government, non-governmental organizations and relevant social groups to facilitate effective rebuilding processes within affected communities, geared towards a prompt return to normal ways of life.
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102
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158-165
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  • School of Leadership Development, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Department of Sociology, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
  • University Medical Centre, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
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