Universität Wien

240074 VO+UE VM8 / VM3 - Community Mobilisation (Participation) in Health and Development Practice in Africa (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 08.11. 11:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Tuesday 09.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Wednesday 10.11. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Thursday 11.11. 14:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Friday 12.11. 12:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG1 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

Demonstrate understanding of community mobilization in the context of health and development interventions.
Critically articulate the relevance, principles, processes and issues related to community mobilization in health and development interventions.
Identify research, advocacy and policy gaps in these interventions.

Lecture, seminar and discussion groups, group work and presentation comparative analysis


Exploring the link between health, development and community mobilization (participation)
Clarifying the key concepts (Community, Community Mobilization, participation, community organization etc.)
Review examples for the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa to discuss the relevance, principle, processes and challenges of Community Mobilization for health and Development Case Studies WA Ebola Outbreak
Discuss the potential for knowledge and skills transfer to current COVID 19 pandemics in Europe

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance and informed participation
Group Work and Class Presentation
1500 words essay reflecting on any of the in topics covered in the course Topic must first be submitted for approval. (Deadline for submission March 31, 2022)

Examination topics

Reading list

Key Readings:
Abramowitz SA, McLean KE, McKune SL, Bardosh KL, Fallah M, Monger J, et al. (2015) Community-Centered Responses to Ebola in Urban Liberia: The View from Below. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003706. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003706
Danielle Pedi, Amaya Gillespie, Jamie Bedson, Mohamed F. Jalloh, Mohammad B. Jalloh, Alusine Kamara, Kathryn Bertram, Katharine Owen, Mohamed A. Jalloh & Lansana Conte(2017)The Development of Standard Operating Procedures for Social Mobilization and Community Engagement in Sierra Leone During the West Africa Ebola Outbreak of 20142015,Journal of Health Communication,22:sup1,39-50,DOI:10.1080/10810730.2016.1212130 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10810730.2016.1212130
Fairhead, J. (2016). Understanding Social Resistance to the Ebola Response in the Forest Region of the Republic of Guinea: An Anthropological Perspective. African Studies Review, 59(3), 7-31. doi:10.1017/asr.2016.87
Gillespie, A. M., Obregon, R., El Asawi, R., Richey, C., Manoncourt, E., Joshi, K., Naqvi, S., Pouye, A., Safi, N., Chitnis, K., & Quereshi, S. (2016). Social Mobilization and Community Engagement Central to the Ebola Response in West Africa: Lessons for Future Public Health Emergencies.Global health, science and practice,4(4), 626646. https://doi.org/10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00226
Morgan L. M. (2001). Community participation in health: perpetual allure, persistent challenge.Health policy and planning,16(3), 221230. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/16.3.221
Soriba Camara, Alexandre Delamou, Tamba Mina Millimouno, Kabinet Kourouma, Bara Ndiaye & Sylla Thiam (2020) Community response to the Ebola outbreak: Contribution of community-based organisations and community leaders in four health districts in Guinea, Global Public Health, 15:12, 1767-1777, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1789194
Zakus, J. D., & Lysack, C. L. (1998). Revisiting community participation.Health policy and planning,13(1), 112. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/13.1.1

Additional Readings:
Campbell, C. (2014). Community mobilisation in the 21st century: Updating our theory of social change?Journal of Health Psychology,19(1), 4659.https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105313500262
Richards, P. (2016).Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic. London: Zed Books. Retrieved September 9, 2021, from http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350219779
Schrecker, T. (2017). Development and health. In P. Haslam, J. Schafer, & P. Beaudet (Eds.), Introduction to International Development. Approaches, Actors, Issues, and Practices (3rd ed., pp. 382399). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Vanderslott, S., Van Ryneveld, M., Marchant, M.et al.How can community engagement in health research be strengthened for infectious disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa? A scoping review of the literature.BMC Public Health21,633 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10348-0

Association in the course directory

VM8 / VM3;
MA Afrikawissenschaften: SAG.KU.3

Last modified: Th 28.10.2021 13:29