Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Special Session

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ebola Special Session

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At a Special Session of the Executive Board on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Member States agreed to establish a contingency fund for the World Health Organization's (WHO) work in emergencies and outbreaks and to draw up plans for a global health emergency workforce.

The Executive Board also recommended the appointment of a Special Representative of the Director-General for the Ebola Response, who will be responsible for all aspects of coordination at the three levels of the Organization and for the response to the current outbreak.

Director-General Dr Margaret Chan subsequently appointed Dr Bruce Aylward to the position with immediate effect, and for the duration of the outbreak.

The Special Session on 25 January adopted resolution EBSS3/EBSS3_R1, which provides guidance on the immediate steps WHO and Member States should take to end the outbreak and sets out an agenda for the reform of WHO's work in outbreaks and emergencies.

The proposed emergency workforce is vital "to ensure that the world has a reserve force of teams of health workers and other responders, trained and experienced in health emergencies, and able to be rapidly mobilized in the event of a health emergency," Chan told WHO staff in a message. …

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