Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola treatment and care

Recognizing early signs of Ebola virus disease (EVD), finding and screening suspected patients and providing early rehydration treatments are measures that health-care workers can take to help people survive EVD. This has to be done in a way that is safe for the health-care worker and respects the patient.

Nyenpu Gormuyor, nurse working in an Ebola community care center located in Dolo Matgibi, Liberia.
Nyenpu Gormuyor , a 29-year old nurse currently working in a community care centre located in Dolo Matgibi, Liberia. Her friends and family were worried when she first volunteered to take the WHO/IMAI (Integrated Management of Adult Illness) training. “They thought I would become sick too. But the training made me feel safer and confident. We have to practice what we learnt. I want to help fellow Liberians fight Ebola. I have never been this proud to be a nurse.”
WHO/G Gamhewage

While the Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) are where patients can get the best care possible - with access to rehydration methods and protection from infecting their family and community – health workers and ETU personnel may become exposed to the virus.

WHO offers guidelines and resources for treating and caring for patients with EVD, spanning from clinical management safety procedures to psychological support and counselling.

On this page you will find best practices to follow when treating and caring for a person who is infected with EVD.


Resources

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WHO training of trainers for at-risk countries on clinical management of Ebola patients

WHO helps partners provide Ebola care