Ebola virus disease outbreak
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?
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.
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.
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
Helping Guinean communities fight Ebola
One of Sierra Leone's toughest slums beats Ebola
Despite Ebola, vigilance and hope prevail in Forecariah
Liberia: Staying at zero Ebola transmission
Research and development
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
WHO Director-General addresses high-level meeting on Ebola research and development
Ebola diaries: Rapid response contains Nigeria's outbreak
Ebola diaries: From denial and fear to action
Ebola diaries: Lessons in listening
Essays on the Ebola outbreak
Six months after the Ebola outbreak was declared: What happens when a deadly virus hits the destitute?