Interim advice on Risk Communication and Community Engagement during the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, 2022

Guidance

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.

Executive summary

The complexities of the monkeypox outbreak and context in Europe call for a comprehensive response that integrates risk communication with community engagement strategies to engage diverse audiences based on their risk of exposure. This mostly points at ensuring timely and consistent health information and advice to broader populations, while using more direct channels and engagement to those at increased risk through two-way communication.