Strengthening Risk Communication and Community Engagement to Improve One Health in Liberia

This technical brief highlights achievements, insights, and best practices adopted by the Government of Liberia to establish and strengthen Liberia’s risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) efforts at the national and subnational levels.

Specifically, the brief outlines the following accomplishments:

  • 2021: Operationalized RCCE Technical Working Groups (TWGs) to Leverage Expertise and Resources:
    • Liberia updated the National One Health Governance Manual to include RCCE. As a result, Breakthrough ACTION Liberia established and trained the national RCCE TWG before an inaugural meeting in November 2021. Later that year, Breakthrough ACTION and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) jointly conducted a training of trainers for representatives from 15 counties.
  • 2022: Established subnational One Health RCCE TWGs across all counties of Liberia:
    • Breakthrough ACTION supported a series of RCCE trainings across 12 counties to establish RCCE at the subnational level.
  • 2023: Harmonized One Health messages through official national guidelines:
    • Liberia’s Ministry of Health signed a multisectoral National One Health Message Guide. RCCE stakeholders have already started using the guide during response efforts for Lassa fever, rabies, and anthrax.

The brief also includes future opportunities to utilize and strengthen RCCE in Liberia via a One Health approach.