Emergencies preparedness, response

The road to redemption: Infection prevention and control in the era of Ebola

Redemption Hospital, Monrovia, Liberia
WHO/S. Saporito

28 August 2015 -- Redemption Hospital is the only public health facility in the area and serves some 90 000 people. In August 2014, the hospital was at the centre of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department. Now, the community and its health workers feel safer coming to the hospital since adequate infection, prevention and control measures are in place.

Sierra Leone celebrates milestone on road to ending Ebola

Adama Sankoh, an Ebola survivor, was released from the Makeni Ebola treatment unit on 24 August 2015, Sierra Leone.
WHO/M. Harris

25 August 2015 -- Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Monday, 24 August 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country. However, Ebola transmission is considered officially ended when Sierra Leone goes 42 days with no cases.

Exploring fear to regain trust: Getting children to health care in Sierra Leone

21 August 2015 -- Intense surveillance in Kambia, Sierra Leone, has revealed around 75% of deaths have been occurring in children under 5. Even though Ebola transmission was halted in Kambia last month, mothers still are afraid of Ebola and don’t take their young children to health centres. WHO epidemiologists are countering misperceptions to get mothers and their children back to the health centres and lower childhood mortality rates.

GO training – a pre-deployment training for Ebola outbreak response

WHO training on Ebola, Sierra Leone
WHO/D. Licona

11 August 2015 -- The massive number of personnel deployed to the Ebola Virus Disease response in West Africa is faced with many risks. Since August 2014, WHO and partners have trained over 7000 of these health experts. The GO training is an example of pre-deployment training material developed "just-in-time" to train WHO staff, consultants and partners on the basic knowledge and skills to perform their work effectively and safely.

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Highlights

Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPC Network) Launch

WHO Unit on Disease Control in Humanitarian Emergencies - DCE

Natural ventilation design project website launched

Communicable disease alert and response for mass gatherings