Ebola virus disease
15 January 2015 -- One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease. The papers explore reasons why the disease evaded detection for several months and the factors, many specific to West Africa, that fueled its subsequent spread.
23 January 2015 -- Thanks to preparedness activities by Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health, FIFA and WHO, the one million people gathered in Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are able to focus more on footie than on fears of Ebola. So what does it take to ensure that capacities are in place to prevent, identify and respond to potential Ebola virus transmission at such a large mass gathering?
12 January 2015 -- In early December, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged the people of Liberia to travel the last mile to reduce Ebola cases to zero. That last mile will be very long and difficult, and can only be achieved when every county has the capacity to find and isolate all cases, trace all contacts and bury all who die from Ebola safely. Here is the story of 2 remote villages travelling that last mile.
30 December 2014 -- 2014 saw an unprecedented outbreak of the lethal infectious disease, Ebola virus disease, that caused over 7,500 deaths and untold suffering in West Africa. It also saw examples of great human courage, resourcefulness and partnership as people in the affected countries and other countries around the globe raced to respond to this greatest challenge to the health and wellbeing of all humanity. Read here about the events, the people who responded, the people who survived and the communities who stood up and faced this disease.
29 December 2014 -- Kailahun district in eastern Sierra Leone was one of the country’s first hotspots in the Ebola outbreak, at its peak reporting more than 80 new cases per week in late June 2014. With the assistance of WHO and partners, combined with the close involvement of community leaders, the district has managed to beat the disease and has reported no new cases for several weeks. There is no room for complacency however. Community teams and health workers are on high alert and are ready to react quickly to any possible new infection.
23 December 2014 -- Although Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease, getting medical care early can make a significant difference. Today, about 1 out of 3 Ebola patients survive. Many of them are now using their experience to help fight the disease in their community. Here are their stories.
2 December 2014 -- Over the course of the last year, WHO has been working in Ebola-affected countries to help the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response achieve their 70-70-60 goals. The goals aim to get 70% of the cases isolated and treated, 70% of the deceased safely buried within 60 days from the beginning of October to 1 December. WHO has been contributing by: training burial teams and frontline workers, working with communities, building Ebola treatment centres and providing epidemiological data among other activities.
- Overall coordination
- Contact tracing
- Communication and social mobilization
- Epidemiological surveillance
- Infection prevention and control
- Safe and dignified burials
- Specialist response services
- Travel and points of entry
Response to the Ebola outbreak
Stories from the field
Liberia: Channelling hope – how psychosocial support breaks boundaries between families and Ebola patients
Protecting fans from Ebola at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea
Guinea: Cured Ebola patients from Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre testify
Preparedness of countries
Ebola preparedness strengthening team: country visits
Report by the Director-General to the Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola
Statement on the 4th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Government of Mali and WHO announce the end of the Ebola outbreak in Mali
Ebola situation assessments
Mali confirms 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease
Mali: Details of the additional cases of Ebola virus disease
Urgently needed: rapid, sensitive, safe and simple Ebola diagnostic tests
Faces of Ebola response
WHO Executive Board session
Fourth meeting of IHR Emergency Committee concerning Ebola
Preparedness for high risk countries in Africa
Second high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines access and financing
Disease outbreak news
Ebola response: Field report from Koinadugu, Sierra Leone