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Feature Stories on the Ebola Outbreak

  • Ebola vaccines for Guinea and the world: photos
    on 05/05/2017 at 3:28 pm

    Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, visited some of the communities who participated in the vaccine trial in the city of Conakry.

  • Leaders gather in Guinea to celebrate Ebola vaccine successes
    on 04/05/2017 at 6:33 pm

    “The world is far better prepared for another Ebola outbreak,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, today at a celebratory event to recognize the Governments and people of the three most-affected countries for their contribution to the control of the Ebola outbreak in 2014-15.

  • Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe
    on 05/05/2016 at 9:30 am

    WHO helped constructing a permanent triage room at the Coléah Medical Centre, Guinea to separate, screen and care for suspected Ebola cases before they were transferred to an Ebola care centre.

  • Liberia and Guinea discharge final Ebola patients in latest flare-up and begin 42 days of heightened surveillance
    on 02/05/2016 at 9:30 am

    Liberia’s and Guinea’s last known Ebola patients in the latest flare-up of the disease that hit both countries have now been discharged.

  • Looking, hopefully, towards an Ebola-free future
    on 15/04/2016 at 9:30 am

    Experts from WHO and other partner organizations comment on the future of the VSV-EBOV vaccine.

  • WHO coordinating vaccination of contacts to contain Ebola flare-up in Guinea
    on 31/03/2016 at 9:30 am

    Hundreds of people who may have been in contact with 8 individuals infected with Ebola virus in Guinea have been vaccinated with the experimental Ebola vaccine.

  • Relief for families impacted by Ebola flare-up
    on 18/02/2016 at 9:30 am

    Sierra Leone is once again counting down the days until the latest flare-up of Ebola can be declared over.

  • From the ground up: rebuilding health systems in the wake of Ebola
    on 09/02/2016 at 9:30 am

    As the emergency phase of the response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history winds down in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries face an equally urgent and formidable task: building health systems capable of preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks.

  • Ebola Then and Now - Daniel Bausch
    on 12/01/2016 at 9:30 am

    There may be up to 17,000 people who have survived Ebola virus disease, and who have medical problems, like persistent pains in the joints, also social problems and stigmatization.

  • Sierra Leone awards for Ebola fighters
    on 23/12/2015 at 9:30 am

    The work of WHO Ebola fighters, many of whom have spent more than a year working to stop the outbreak, was recognized by His Excellency, the President of Sierra Leone this weekend in a special ceremony.

  • Ebola: Quarantine period ends in Liberia
    on 15/12/2015 at 5:33 pm

    Ebola quarantine period ended for families living in the community in Montserrado County. If Liberia reports no more new cases, the country will be declared free of Ebola transmission on 15 January 2016.

  • Ebola Then and Now - Margaret Harris
    on 09/12/2015 at 9:30 am

    I was in Sierra Leone at the end of September 2014 when the Ebola outbreak had come roaring to Freetown. People understood that they needed to get help, but the hospitals, the Ebola treatment units, everything was overwhelmed.

  • Ebola: Then and Now - Ian Norton
    on 13/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    At this time last year, the lack of Ebola treatment capacity and isolation facilities was hampering the rest of the response. We only had a few brave teams from MSF, Emergency, and the Red Cross.

  • Ebola: Then and Now - Chris Dye
    on 12/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    At that point, even 1 more month of epidemic growth would have generated thousands of Ebola cases per week. Luckily it didn’t happen.

  • Ebola Then and Now - David Nabarro
    on 03/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    Over the months, I watched how the world responded. The world turned from disbelief to concern, to action, to total involvement. The Ebola outbreak became the business of so many people.

  • Ebola: Then and Now - Suvi Peltoniemi
    on 03/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    There was so much fear. It didn’t matter whether we were talking about senior experts or experts with less experience, fear was the common denominator.

  • Ebola: Then and Now - Rick Brennan
    on 03/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    In September 2014 we were seeing over 950 cases per week. The number of cases at that point was increasing exponentially. We didn’t have the resources or the capacities to catch up with the outbreak.

  • Ebola: Then and Now - Saffea Gborie
    on 03/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    Now that the outbreak is almost over, it is a great relief to see life going back to normal because then I wouldn’t dare shake the hand of a friend but now, I will give them a hug.

  • Ebola: Then and Now – Bruce Aylward
    on 01/11/2015 at 9:30 am

    The most extraordinary thing that has happened is that by the 1st of December 2014 the curve was starting to bend because 70% of cases were being isolated, 70% of people who died from Ebola were being safely buried.

  • Ebola diaries: Bringing help to those in desperate need
    on 07/10/2015 at 9:30 am

    Ebola diary: Ian Norton is an emergency physician who came to West Africa to help find and coordinate foreign medical teams to treat people with Ebola virus disease. Under Ian’s guidance, WHO developed a registry of foreign medical teams around the world able to respond rapidly not only to Ebola but to many other health emergencies.

  • Rapid response to new Ebola infection in Bombali, Sierra Leone
    on 16/09/2015 at 9:30 am

    Story from Sierra Leone: WHO is helping Sierra Leone to mobilize all its experience and partners to ensure that any new cases of Ebola are investigated and transmission of the disease stopped as rapidly as possible.

  • Stopping Ebola: It takes collaboration to care for a village
    on 09/09/2015 at 9:30 am

    Photo story from Kambia, Sierra Leone with examples of what it takes to close down Ebola virus transmission in a quarantined village.

  • Sierra Leone celebrates milestone on road to ending Ebola
    on 25/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Monday, 24 August 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country.

  • The road to redemption: Infection prevention and control in the era of Ebola
    on 25/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    In August 2014, the hospital was at the center of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department. However, after decontamination of contaminated wards, reinforcement of infection prevention and control (IPC) practices, and outbreak response training, the inpatient department was able to reopen.

  • Ebola diaries: Psychological toll to endure
    on 21/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    Ebola diary by a WHO logistician Francis Mulemba was deployed to Liberia to support training of the national burial teams. He said that situation in Liberia was unlike any other Ebola outbreak he had experienced before.

  • Exploring fear to regain trust: Getting children to health care in Sierra Leone
    on 21/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    Intense surveillance in Kambia, Sierra Leone has revealed around 75% of deaths have been occurring in children under 5. Even though Ebola transmission was halted in Kambia last month, mothers still are afraid of Ebola and don’t take their young children to health centres. WHO epidemiologists are countering misperceptions to get mothers and their children back to the health centres and lower childhood mortality rates.

  • Ebola survivors clinic opens in Monrovia
    on 12/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    Surviving Ebola is only part of the story. Many patients experience "post-Ebola" symptoms - joint pain, dizziness, blurred vision, inability to concentrate, headaches. The Ebola Survivors Clinic, opened recently at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, not only offers treatment, support and training for Ebola survivors, but also helps health-care workers better understand this disease.

  • Sierra Leone: Tracing Ebola in Tonkolili
    on 04/08/2015 at 9:30 am

    When the Tonkolili District reported a new case of Ebola on 24 July 2015, it marked a change in the Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak. It was the first case in that area for more than 150 days, it resulted in a whole village being quarantined, and it showed how Ebola can travel quickly and no district can let down its guard until there are zero cases of Ebola.

  • Guinea: Ebola vaccine trial
    on 31/07/2015 at 9:30 am

    Photo gallery on Ebola vaccine trials in Guinea.

  • Vaccinating and registering the children born during Ebola
    on 23/07/2015 at 9:30 am

    Sierra Leone conducts immunization and birth registration campaigns for children under five



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