Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

New WHO Ebola Plan

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

New WHO Ebola Plan

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The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a comprehensive plan to stop the Ebola virus disease outbreak in western Africa by June next year. The Ebola response roadmap, launched on 28 August, came as there was a leap in reported cases of 40% over three weeks and projections that capacity was needed to manage up to 20 000 more cases in the coming months.

"A massively scaled and coordinated international response is needed to support affected and at-risk countries in intensifying response activities and strengthening national capacities," the roadmap says, calling for additional donor funding of USS 490 million for the next six months alone.

The first cases in the current outbreak were reported in Guinea in March, though the outbreak has since been found to date back to December 2013. As of 12 September, 4784 cases had been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three worst affected countries, and Nigeria and Senegal, which have suffered importations of the virus. With 2400 deaths, this is the largest Ebola virus disease outbreak on record.

The roadmap calls for the strengthening of laboratory capacity and the public health infrastructure in the affected countries, as well as reinforcements in other areas that are vital to the outbreak response, such as infection prevention and control training.

It aims to facilitate a huge scale-up in the supply of personal protective equipment, disinfectants and body bags to these countries. …

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