Caring for Ebola survivors: Supporting survivors to recover their lives and livelihoods
Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease. A number of medical problems have been reported in survivors, including mental health issues. Ebola virus may persist in some body fluids, including semen. Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face and also to minimize the risk of continued Ebola virus transmission.
WHO is providing assistance to survivors for medical, social and psychosocial issues, including in these areas:
- WHO is developing a framework for essential care for Ebola survivors. This framework identifies care needs and provides a basis on which affected countries can develop primary health care and specialist referral care for survivors.
- WHO has developed a guide on how to provide quality care to survivors of Ebola virus disease.
- 20 survivor clinics, 4 referral clinics and 6 semen testing labs have been set up.
- There are over 10,000 survivors in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone of whom approximately 4,500 Ebola survivors have been registered, allowing the delivery of health and other services to survivors.
- Together with ministries of health and partners, WHO is providing semen testing services for Ebola survivors. Currently, more than 1,200 men are enrolled in screening programs. In addition to semen testing, these services also provide counselling, advice on safe sex and condom use, and information on water, sanitation and hygiene.