Ebola virus disease

WHO team assists in ensuring safe operation of special incinerators to burn health-care waste.

Burning Ebola waste safely

26 February 2015 -- Every day, every bed in an Ebola treatment unit creates approximately 300 litres of liquid and solid waste. Managing this health-care waste has been a challenge in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. WHO is working with partners to ensure this waste is effectively decontaminated and no longer poses a threat to health.

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Managing the contaminated liquid waste from the Ebola Treatment Unit, Liberia

Keeping communities safe from contaminated waste

20 February 2015 -- Every day, every bed in an Ebola treatment unit creates approximately 300 litres of liquid waste. Managing this waste has been a challenge in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. WHO is working with partners to ensure this waste is effectively decontaminated and no longer poses a threat to health.

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WHO has been helping to provide information and equipment to prevent Ebola transmission in schools, Guinea.

Reopening schools safely - partnering with families and communities

18 February 2015 -- After many months of prolonged closure due to fear of Ebola transmission, schools have reopened in Guinea last month. WHO and partners have played a crucial role in preparing schools to open their doors to students.

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Sherrie Bangura, an Ebola survivor and founder of

Sierra Leone's Rescue Team: Ebola survivors supporting each other

13 February 2015 -- The "Rescue Team", an association set up by Ebola survivors to help fellow survivors trying to put their lives back together again, is now exploring ways to contribute to the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone.

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Zainab Akiwumi in the radio studio of Radio Maria talking about the need to suspend cultural and traditional practices in times of Ebola, Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone: Increasing community engagement for Ebola on-air

10 February 2015 -- WHO’s social mobilization team is using radio to reach communities with information about how to prevent the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone. "Now we are moving beyond awareness and knowledge, building into deep community engagement and ownership, where the community is key. It is vital that everyone in the community knows their role in achieving this goal," says Zainab Akiwumi, who leads the social mobilization team in Sierra Leone.

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Three main speakers of the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board: Dr Chan, Dr Nabarro, nurse Rebecca Johnson. Geneva 2015

Learn from the past to build better for the future

25 January 2015 -- Today, WHO Director-General opened the Executive Board's Special Session on Ebola. Dr Chan emphasized the need to maintain the momentum and guard against complacency and donor fatigue. UN Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr Nabarro, conveyed a message from the UN Secretary-General reinforcing the call to draw lessons from this outbreak for the future. He urged Member States to ensure that WHO has the resources it needs to end Ebola transmission and build structures for future pandemics. Nurse Rebecca Johnson brought a human touch to the session with her personal account as a health worker who contracted Ebola virus disease while working in a treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

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WHO Director-General Dr Chan shaking hands with Rebecca Johnson, nurse, Ebola survivor, Sierra Leone 2014

Ebola in West Africa: 12-months on

15 January 2015 -- One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease. The papers explore reasons why the disease evaded detection for several months and the factors, many specific to West Africa, that fueled its subsequent spread.

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