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Preparing to confront Ebola – just in case

WHO officer training Ebola health workers on how to safely operate in personal protective equipment. Sierra Leone, 2014.
WHO/N. Alexander

15 December 2014 -- Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical trainings on immediate emergency response and communication, on infection prevention and control, safe burials, and other components of response. The Ebola outbreaks and response in Nigeria and Senegal showed that the disease can be stopped if a country is adequately prepared from the start.