WHO meeting on survivors of Ebola virus disease: Clinical care, research, and biobanking
Dates: 3-7 August 2015
Place: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Report of the meeting
About the meeting
WHO is holding clinical and research meetings in Sierra Leone, from 3-7 August 2015, on topics related to Ebola survivors. Health workers, Ebola experts, and Ebola survivors are discussing medical and social challenges to producing comprehensive care plans for survivors. Researchers are looking into residual viral loads, long-term effects of Ebola, and impacts of treatments. Laboratory and ethics experts are deliberating safe preservation and biobanking of clinical samples.
- Identify existing clinical services available to EVD survivors in West Africa and help link them to survivors in need of care.
- Share expertise and experience regarding clinical management of EVD survivors to build consensus on best clinical management practices.
- Discuss and develop common protocols for data collection and best clinical management of EVD survivors.
- Review key research questions regarding EVD survivors, including the evidence for various health problems post-EVD and their pathogenesis, to enable improved care of survivors for this and future outbreaks.
- Work toward consensus and implementation of a biobanking system for samples collected from West Africa as well as samples that may be collected in future epidemics of EVD.
Scope and purpose of the meeting
Agenda of the meeting on clinical care of Ebola survivors
Agenda of the meeting on research of Ebola survivors
Agenda of the meeting on identifying EVD biobanking needs in West Africa