Ebola virus disease
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- Publications, technical guidelines on Ebola
- Ebola virus in semen of men recovered from Ebola
- Fact sheet on Ebola
- Frequently asked questions on EVD
- Hand hygiene for health workers caring for Ebola patients
Response to the Ebola outbreak
Stories from the field
Cured of Ebola, Rebecca returns to cure others
Sierra Leone: Western Area Surge combats Ebola pro-actively
Liberia: Local students become active Ebola case finders
Preparedness of countries
Ebola preparedness strengthening team: country visits
News on Ebola
Health partners unite to build stronger systems for health in Ebola-affected countries
WHO Director-General opens meeting on building resilient health systems in Ebola-affected countries
WHO Director-General addresses the UN Economic and Social Council on the Ebola threat
Ebola situation assessments
Mali confirms 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease
Mali: Details of the additional cases of Ebola virus disease
Urgently needed: rapid, sensitive, safe and simple Ebola diagnostic tests
Stepping up the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone