Current Situation

Cases in the most affected countries

  • A total of 33 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was reported in the week to 26 April. Two areas, Forecariah in Guinea and Kambia in Sierra Leone, accounted for 25 (76%) of all confirmed cases reported. Improved community engagement in these areas is required to ensure that all remaining chains of transmission can be tracked and ultimately brought to an end.
  • Guinea reported 22 confirmed cases in the week to 26 April, compared with 19 cases the previous week. Sierra Leone reported 11 confirmed cases, compared with 12 cases the previous week. Liberia reported no confirmed cases for the fifth consecutive week. Of 55 districts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone that have reported at least one confirmed case of EVD since the start of the outbreak, 39 have not reported a case for over 6 weeks.
  • A total of 5 Guinean prefectures reported at least one confirmed case in the week to 26 April. No cases were reported from the capital, Conakry. The vast majority of cases (17 of 22: 77%;) were reported from the western prefecture of Forecariah, which borders the Sierra Leonean district of Kambia.

Our Work

WHO works with national governments and leads the international community to provide emergency health services in countries with widespread Ebola transmission as well as prevent outbreaks in countries that are unaffected.

Response
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Stop transmission in all affected countries by:

  • Identify and trace people with Ebola
  • Care for persons with Ebola
  • Safe and dignified burials
  • Infection prevention and control
Preparedness
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Prevent outbreaks in any new countries:

  • Cross border preparedness and communication
  • Preparedness in unaffected countries
  • Rapid response teams for new outbreaks
Research and Development
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Fast track access to new health technologies:

  • New vaccines
  • Rapid diagnostics
  • Treatments
  • Blood products

Get Involved

Funding

Funding requirements for WHO Ebola response plan, March - December 2015

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If you want to play a more direct role in the response then consider WHO vacancies and also visit UN Volunteering in the West Africa region.

News

04 May 2015

Dr Komba Songu-Mbriwa is a doctor on the frontlines of the Ebola fight in Sierra Leone who also knows the challenges of the disease firsthand. He is an Ebola survivor.

01 May 2015

Following the start of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the intensely-affected countries suspended all large-scale national mass immunization campaigns for diseases like measles and polio.

24 April 2015

Mikiko Senga, a WHO epidemiologist specializing in emerging diseases was sent to Kenema, Sierra Leone in early June 2014 to gather data about the Ebola outbreak.

21 April 2015

Improved blood systems could result from work being done as part of the fight against the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the 3 countries most severely affected by Ebola.

20 April 2015

Aminata Kobie is a health promotion officer in WHO's Sierra Leone Country Office.

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