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WHO's contribution to the Ebola response

WHO has been working in Ebola-affected countries to help the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) achieve their 70-70-60 goals.

December 2014

liberia ebola The goals aim to get 70% of the cases isolated and treated, 70% of the deceased safely buried within 60 days from the beginning of October to 1 December.

The following examples illustrate WHO's work in countries.


Training on Ebola infection control, Sierra Leone
WHO/N. Alexander

Training burial teams and frontline workers to protect themselves while caring for patients

WHO has been:

  • providing curricula for multiple partners on trainings in the field on case management, contact tracing, safe and dignified burials and social mobilization;
  • providing trainings on contact tracing;
  • working with partners (the Governments of France, United Kingdom, USA) to train thousands in the classroom and in simulation.

To date, the following workers have been trained under WHO’s guidance.

Guinea: 75 doctors have been trained to supervise health-care workers conducting contact tracing; 50 doctors have been previously trained and deployed. The goal is to have 6 doctors in each of the active 17 prefectures.

Liberia: Working with the Ministry of Health (MOH), WHO has trained around 100 participants in the hot zone (phase 3) and is expanding its hot-zone training capacity. WHO will deliver in-clinic training to 40 national and international personnel per week over 2 training sessions. Nearly 1000 Ebola treatment unit personnel have been trained in cold case management due to the collective efforts of WHO, MOH and the US Department of Defence.

Sierra Leone: The Government of United Kingdom and WHO have trained about 4115 health-care workers, hygienists and trainers in basic personal protective equipment, infection prevention and control, and site layout. The UK and WHO will shortly be opening other treatment centres in other areas. WHO is currently starting up hot-zone training with 5 experienced clinicians.

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