Emergencies preparedness, response

WHO strategic response plan 2015: West Africa Ebola outbreak


Publication details

Number of pages: 27
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English
ISBN: ISBN 978 92 4 150869 8



The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale, severity, and complexity. Some countries are still affected by this outbreak, and are struggling to control the epidemic against a backdrop of extreme poverty, weak health systems and social customs that make breaking human-to-human transmission difficult. While encouraging progress has been made, there is still a considerable effort required to stop all chains of transmission in the affected countries, prevent the spread of the disease to neighbouring countries and to safely re-activate life saving essential health services. Strategic objectives for WHO:

  • Stop transmission of the Ebola virus in affected countries
  • Prevent new outbreaks of the Ebola virus in new areas and countries
  • Safely reactivate essential health services and increase resilience
  • Fast-track Ebola research and development
  • Coordinate national and international Ebola response

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