Ebola virus disease
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Overall coordination
- Contact tracing
- Communication and social mobilization
- Epidemiological surveillance
- Infection prevention and control
- Safe and dignified burials
- Specialist response services
- Travel and points of entry
Response to the Ebola outbreak
Stories from the field
Liberia: Burning Ebola waste safely
Ebola in Liberia: Keeping communities safe from contaminated waste
Guinea: Reopening schools safely - partnering with families and communities
Preparedness of countries
Ebola preparedness strengthening team: country visits
Report by the Director-General to the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola
Ebola is not the end of the world, and it can be beaten
Ebola will not be gone in any country until it is gone from every country
Ebola one-year report
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Origins of the Ebola epidemic
- 3. Factors that contributed to undetected spread
- 4. Guinea: The virus shows its tenacity
- 5. Liberia: A country and its capital are overwhelmed
- 6. Sierra Leone: A slow start that outpaced all others
- 7. Key events in the WHO response
- 8. WHO technical support – a lasting impact?
- 9. Ebola vaccines
- 10. Classical Ebola virus disease in DRC
- 11. Successful responses in Nigeria, Senegal, Mali
- 12. The importance of preparedness – everywhere
- 13. The warnings the world did not heed
- 14. What needs to happen in 2015
Ebola situation assessments
Mali confirms 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease
Mali: Details of the additional cases of Ebola virus disease
- All situation assessments