Key documentation and products developed by partners for supporting Community Engagement for Mpox (Monkeypox) Response
An ongoing outbreak of mpox was confirmed on 6 May 2022, beginning with a British resident who, after travelling to Nigeria (where the disease is endemic), presented symptoms consistent with mpox on 29 April 2022. The resident returned to the United Kingdom on 4 May, creating the country’s index case of the outbreak. After April 2022, over 25,000 confirmed and 2 deaths have been reported and affect 99 countries where the disease is mainly not endemic (Global Health, 8 August 2022).
On 23 July 2022, The Internal Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee and WHO stated the outbreak as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (IHR/WHO).
RCCE during the monkeypox outbreak in Europe
This document is intended for health authorities working on RCCE in the context of the current monkeypox outbreak in Europe. It provides advice on approaches to the communication of risks and engagement of population groups based on the outbreak’s epidemiology and context, recommended preventive measures and people’s perceptions and behaviour.
RCCE for monkeypox outbreaks: an Interim Guidance
The Interim Guidance for RCCE outlines recommendations, considerations and methods to raise awareness, manage risk perception, maintain trust and proactively support people at risk to make informed decisions to protect themselves and others from monkeypox. The guidance includes recommendations on identifying and communicating with affected populations and key audiences and avoiding stigma in communications outreach. It also includes key messages about symptoms of monkeypox, transmission, prevention measures, and communicating about uncertainty. This document also provides RCCE guidance for managers and planners of gatherings and events, where close physical contact may create an environment conducive for the transmission of monkeypox. Additionally, this document includes a compendium of recommendations for RCCE methods and resources to support the monkeypox response. (June 2022)
RCCE STRATEGIES FOR MONKEYPOX RESPONSE
This brief is intended to be read in conjunction with the companion brief entitled ‘Social Considerations for Monkeypox Response’. In this set of briefs, we lay out social considerations from previous examples of disease emergence to reflect on 1) the range of response strategies available to control monkeypox, and 2) specific considerations for monkeypox risk communication and community engagement (RCCE).
Data to Action Research Tools & Resources
Understand the situation
Situation, Contextual Analysis
Rapid assessments, Infodemic insights
Guidance, Strategy, Plan
Community Engagement, Communication Content, Social Media
Knowledge Hub on Mpox
WHO Mpox Outbreak 2022
Documentation and key resources on Mpox Outbreak 2022
European Control Disease Center
Selected documentation, guidance and tools on for Mpox Response in Europe