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WHO Ebola vaccine trial team at a follow-up sessions with a trial participant, Guinea

World on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine

31 July 2015 -- Preliminary results from Guinea show that a new vaccine is highly effective against Ebola, and trials of the VSV-EBOV vaccine should continue. "This is an extremely promising development," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "The credit goes to the Guinean Government, the people living in the communities and our partners in this project. An effective vaccine will be another very important tool for both current and future Ebola outbreaks."

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Participants of health worker training coming out of protective isolation, Margibi, Liberia

Partners in the Ebola response

28 July 2015 -- The West African Ebola outbreak outpaced the ability of any one government or organization to contain and stop it. The international community responded to the appeals for help from the United Nations and other international organizations with a vast array of much-needed support. Such support came in a variety of ways: from sending medical teams and mobile laboratories, to building treatment centres, to donating funds and supplies, to providing training, to deploying specialists in areas such as epidemiology, community engagement and anthropology. Here we look at all the different roles partners have played and continue to play in the Ebola response.

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 Sierra Leone conducts immunization and birth registration campaigns for children under five

Vaccinating and registering the children born during Ebola

28 July 2015 -- In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of health care. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services and birth registration during the outbreak. To counter this, mass immunization campaigns are being held to enable children to ‘catch-up’. In June this year, an integrated measles and polio campaign was conducted reaching 97% of children under the age of 5.

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Carmem Pessoa, WHO infection control specialist, at a technical discussion with Ebola holding centre staff, Liberia

Ebola diaries: Helping people to stay safe

21 July 2015 -- Dr Carmem Pessoa, an infection control specialist at WHO, was first deployed to Liberia in September 2014 when the Ebola outbreak was at its height. The number of people ill with Ebola greatly outnumbered the number of treatment beds. People needed help to safely care for their relatives and friends while waiting for an ambulance. This is how Dr Pessoa da Silva and colleagues brought that help.

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Ebola response in Dubreka, Guinea

WHO response to the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel report

7 July 2015 -- WHO welcomes the report from the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel. The panel members divided their review and recommendations into 3 areas: the International Health Regulations, WHO’s health emergency response capacity and WHO’s role and cooperation with the wider health and humanitarian systems.

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Foreign Medical Teams in Ebola-affected country

Progress in the Ebola response

6 July 2015 -- Since July 2014, we’ve made real progress towards tackling the Ebola outbreak, yet new cases continue to emerge. As we work together in partnership with the affected countries and the international health community, we can see that we are better off today than we were a year ago. Scroll through an interactive story of the progress made and the challenges that remain, as we continue to work towards our final goal of #GettingtoZero.

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Staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone

Ebola health worker infections

23 May 2015 -- Health workers have borne the brunt of the west african Ebola outbreak, not only working tirelessly to treat the sick but risking their lives every time they went to work. A new WHO report into health worker infections has found that health workers are between 21 and 32 times more likely to be infected with Ebola than people in the general population. It has also shown that such infections can be prevented - health worker infection rates have dropped considerably as measures to prevent infection improved.

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Ebola Situation Reports

Current situation

Data, statistics, maps

UN - Global Ebola Response

The UN Secretary-General appointed a Special Envoy on Ebola and established the Global Ebola Response Coalition - a committed group of organisations to collectively provide strategic coordination and play a concerted role in the Ebola response.

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