Ebola virus disease outbreak

In Tanene, Guinea, Marie Claire from WHO goes from household to household with the Ebola teams to find out the concerns of the community.

Helping Guinean communities fight Ebola

26 June 2015 -- In May 2015, cases of Ebola began to appear in Tanene, Dubreka Prefecture, Guinea, an area that had previously been unaffected. To ensure the outbreak does not spread, WHO and partners have launched a surveillance campaign to find individuals who might be infected. Through household visits, a presence on prefecture streets and conversations with influential members of key community groups, surveillance teams are spreading the message about Ebola and providing support to families.

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Osman Kabia meets with the Moa Wharf residents to discuss their part in community engagement

One of Sierra Leone's toughest slums beats Ebola

22 June 2015 -- Moa Wharf is one of Sierra Leone’s worst slums. In this overcrowded, beachfront neighbourhood, Ebola arrived and seemed poised to burn through the area like wildfire. So how did one of the most challenging areas in Sierra Leone get to zero cases and how can the Ebola response learn from its success?

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The family of Bernard Lansana Soumah, an Ebola survivor, Guinea

Despite Ebola, vigilance and hope prevail in Forecariah

19 June 2015 -- The family of Bernard Lansana Soumah never expected to experience Ebola. When Bernard’s wife, Macire, became infected, they realized Ebola was real. Today, Bernard and Macire are among the lucky ones and they are vigilant in watching for signs of infection among those in their community while also providing a message of survival and hope.

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Child’s parents talking to Ebola team, Guinea

Ebola – a test too far for one little girl

10 June 2015 -- In Guinea, the Ebola outbreak continues and resources are needed to end the epidemic. When testing and treatment options are too far away, people are less willing to cooperate. As a WHO team discussed Mariam's symptoms, she listened and showed no signs of distress. When she was told she must go to Conakry – over 3 hours away – she began to sob and her family refused to send her.

WHO/P. Haughton
WHO's Ebola response - infographic

An unprecedented response to an unprecedented outbreak

4 June 2015 -- Since notifying the world of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa on 23 March 2014, WHO has, in partnership with the international health community, mobilized its largest ever outbreak response. WHO’s public health expertise, linkages with government and technical networks are unparalleled. This enables collaboration across multiple UN agencies, mobilization of foreign medical teams, deployment of specialized laboratories, training, delivery of millions of sets of personal protective equipment, and rapid development of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics.

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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