Ebola virus disease

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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Disinfecting spectators’ hands with hand sanitizing gel at the Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea, 2015

Protecting fans from Ebola at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea

23 January 2015 -- Thanks to preparedness activities by Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health, FIFA and WHO, the one million people gathered in Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are able to focus more on footie than on fears of Ebola. So what does it take to ensure that capacities are in place to prevent, identify and respond to potential Ebola virus transmission at such a large mass gathering?

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Quewein, Liberia: WHO and partners visiting remote villages during the Ebola outbreak

Travelling the last mile to zero Ebola cases in Liberia

12 January 2015 -- In early December, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged the people of Liberia to travel the last mile to reduce Ebola cases to zero. That last mile will be very long and difficult, and can only be achieved when every county has the capacity to find and isolate all cases, trace all contacts and bury all who die from Ebola safely. Here is the story of 2 remote villages travelling that last mile.

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WHO mobile lab scientists at the crossing point between Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone: How Kailahun district kicked Ebola out

29 December 2014 -- Kailahun district in eastern Sierra Leone was one of the country’s first hotspots in the Ebola outbreak, at its peak reporting more than 80 new cases per week in late June 2014. With the assistance of WHO and partners, combined with the close involvement of community leaders, the district has managed to beat the disease and has reported no new cases for several weeks. There is no room for complacency however. Community teams and health workers are on high alert and are ready to react quickly to any possible new infection.

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WHO patient expert trainer Austin S Jallah. Margibi County, Liberia, 2014.

Stories of Ebola survivors

23 December 2014 -- Although Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease, getting medical care early can make a significant difference. Today, about 1 out of 3 Ebola patients survive. Many of them are now using their experience to help fight the disease in their community. Here are their stories.

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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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