Ebola virus disease

Stephen (right) and Sambo (left) talk to a sick man in Freetown to determine if he should be tested for Ebola. Sierra Leone, 2014.

Western Area Surge combats Ebola pro-actively

19 December 2014 -- The Western Area of Sierra Leone is the “hotspot” in this Ebola outbreak at the moment, with the highest transmission of any of the 3 most affected countries. The Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners, are sending in a massive surge of staff and resources to this area to intensify efforts to curb the spread of Ebola disease.

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Active case finder Tony B. Harrison asks community member Victor a number of questions to better understand if there are any sick persons in his house, Liberia

Liberia: Local students become active Ebola case finders

18 December 2014 -- Ever since the closure of the university due to the Ebola outbreak, Tony Harrison, sociology student at the University of Liberia, has been trying to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in his country. He joined the team of active case finders to go from house to house to find out if sick people are being treated.

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WHO-led training on Ebola infection control, Sierra Leone

Preparing to confront Ebola – just in case

15 December 2014 -- Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical trainings on immediate emergency response and communication, on infection prevention and control, safe burials, and other components of response. The Ebola outbreaks and response in Nigeria and Senegal showed that the disease can be stopped if a country is adequately prepared from the start.

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WHO officer talking to villagers of Kamosondo, Port Loko district of Sierra Leone, 2014.

Uniting to build stronger health systems in Ebola-affected countries

12 December 2014 -- Ministers of health and finance of Ebola-affected countries, international organizations and partners assembled for a meeting on 10-11 December 2014 on strengthening health systems in these countries. They have agreed on what needs to be done to rebuild and strengthen essential health services so that they can both absorb the shock of an emergency like Ebola, and continue to provide regular health services such as immunization, maternal and child care.

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Ebola awareness campaign with community leaders in Djera, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on hand hygiene, safe burials during the Ebola outbreak.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola

11 December 2014 -- DRC has a lot of experience with Ebola – this year the country witnessed its seventh outbreak of the disease. The country had the knowledge and the people needed to stop an outbreak, plus strong technical assistance and support from WHO. The well-coordinated response to Ebola shows that when national authorities in DRC set priorities and stuck to them they were able to end the outbreak.

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WHO and partners are celebrating end of Ebola virus transmission in Nigeria.

WHO's contribution to the Ebola response

2 December 2014 -- Over the course of the last year, WHO has been working in Ebola-affected countries to help the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response achieve their 70-70-60 goals. The goals aim to get 70% of the cases isolated and treated, 70% of the deceased safely buried within 60 days from the beginning of October to 1 December. WHO has been contributing by: training burial teams and frontline workers, working with communities, building Ebola treatment centres and providing epidemiological data among other activities.

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Ebola features map

Ebola outbreak: features map

10 November 2014 -- On 23 March 2014 WHO’s African Regional Office reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea. Since then cases have been reported in 5 additional West African countries. This interactive timeline links to feature stories highlighting, key events, stories and further reading (from 23 March - 3 November 2014).


Preparedness of countries

Ebola preparedness strengthening team: country visits


Stepping up the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone

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