Emergencies preparedness, response

Ebola response phase 3

Health care worker training after Ebola, Liberia
WHO/M. Winkler

18 September 2015 -- The Ebola Phase 3 framework incorporates new knowledge and tools into the ongoing Ebola response and recovery work to achieve and sustain a "resilient zero". Phase 3 builds upon the rapid scale-up of treatment beds, safe and dignified burial teams, and behaviour change capacities during Phase 1; and the enhanced capacities for case finding, contract tracing, and community engagement during Phase 2. It includes new developments and breakthroughs in Ebola control, from vaccines, diagnostics and response operations to survivor counselling and care.

Rapid response to new Ebola infection in Bombali

Ebola contact tracing team at work in the quarantined village, Bombali district, Sierra Leone
WHO/S. Gborie

16 September 2015 -- WHO is helping Sierra Leone to mobilize all its experience and partners to ensure that any new cases of Ebola are investigated and transmission of the disease stopped as rapidly as possible. Sad news that a 16-year old girl had died from Ebola in Bombali district, a part of the country that had a large outbreak 5 months ago, sparked an immediate inter-agency rapid response. Partners sent people with the skills and equipment needed to stop further infection in Bombali.

It takes collaboration to care for a village

Ebola in Sierra Leone: Members of the GOAL reproductive health team on a daily visit to the expectant mothers in the quarantined village.
WHO/S. Gborie

10 September 2015 -- In late August 2015, a woman from Sella Kafta village died from Ebola virus disease, bitterly disappointing the country hoping to see an end of Ebola transmission. The local authorities decided to quarantine the entire village for 21 days. Different organizations provided food, water, supplies, social support, educational support for children, even solar powered telephones and assistance with farms so that crops were not left to rot during the growing season. Here in pictures are a few examples of what it takes to close down Ebola virus transmission.

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  • Support national and international training programmes for epidemic preparedness and response;
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  • Develop standardized approaches for readiness and response to major epidemic-prone diseases (e.g. meningitis, yellow fever, plague);
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