We invite you to join us for a 3-day virtual seminar on the subject of West African Ebola outbreak from October 28 – 30, 2014. This seminar is provided free of charge and is targeted to anyone interested in preparedness and response to any Ebola outbreak, trends, approaches, and specific interventions that are needed. Please click on “Forum” to participate in the discussion.
Objectives of the Seminar:
- To provide a broad overview of the current West African Ebola outbreak, identify trends, and specific interventions that are needed;
- To show specific MSH technical approaches that can help countries prepare for and respond to any Ebola outbreak, and the role that MSH staff can play in supporting the countries in which we serve.
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MSH response to Ebola crisis
Background: Ebola is ravaging three countries in West Africa – Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea – the number of cases doubling every few weeks. The international community is now responding with large scale infusions of resources: personnel, commodities and medicines, construction of Ebola Treatment Units, and strengthening of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response systems. Despite all this support, the health system in affected countries has shut down, trained health care workers are afraid to go to work and become infected with Ebola, and community members have lost confidence in government services. Many observers are predicting a regional humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions. There is also the fear that Ebola can jump even more borders and surface in adjacent countries, or other countries in Africa and other continents. Both Nigeria and Senegal have experience imported cases but successfully controlled the outbreak. The US has just diagnosed its first case of imported Ebola from Liberia.
Despite this dismal situation assessment, there is still hope that the Ebola epidemic can be contained and we can re-start essential services. In neighboring countries, much can be done to prepare for any imported Ebola cases and detect and contain any local outbreak. MSH has developed a response to this crisis based on what we know how to do well:
- strengthen Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response systems, both in affected countries, but especially in unaffected countries;
- use trained medical stores to distribute high quality medications at the community level, including community care kits for home care of Ebola patients, and help re-start essential services;
- adapt a previously developed Pandemic Preparedness and Response Manual from avian influenza to a Framework for Ebola Response and Recovery at the Local Level.
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