Ebola virus disease outbreak
2 July 2015 -- One year ago, when Dr Olu Olushayo arrived to coordinate the WHO Ebola response in Sierra Leone, he found not only an outbreak on a scale beyond his worst imaginings but myriad problems that needed complex solutions. Even where funds were available, there were not enough ambulances in the country, not enough Ebola treatment beds, not enough nurses and other healthcare workers as fast as needed.
3 July 2015 -- Although transmission of the Ebola virus had ceased, Liberia remained at high risk of a recurrence of Ebola due to ongoing transmission in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberia entered a 90-day period of vigilance involving testing anyone with features of Ebola virus disease and testing post-mortem swabs for Ebola virus. On Monday, 29 June, a post-mortem swab, taken from a 17-year-old male who died from a febrile illness managed as malaria, tested positive for 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.
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?
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.
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.
- Strategy, and coordination
- Surveillance, contact tracing, laboratory
- Case management, infection prevention and control
- Safe and dignified burials
- Community engagement, social mobilization, and communication
- Travel and points of entry
- Vaccines, therapies and diagnostics
- Ebola and other health issues
Ebola Situation Reports
Data, statistics, maps
About Ebola virus disease
- Report: Health worker Ebola infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
- Training for front-line Ebola responders
Stories from the field
Ebola diaries: Making things work in a desperate situation
Helping Guinean communities fight Ebola
One of Sierra Leone's toughest slums beats Ebola
Despite Ebola, vigilance and hope prevail in Forecariah
Research and development
Recurrence of Ebola transmission in Liberia
WHO Director-General addresses international conference of nurses
World Health Assembly gives WHO green light to reform emergency and response programme
WHO Director-General's speech at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly
Essays on the Ebola outbreak
Six months after the Ebola outbreak was declared: What happens when a deadly virus hits the destitute?