WHO Outbreaks and Emergency Bulletin

WHO Outbreaks and Emergency Bulletin

WHO Outbreaks and Emergency BulletinThis Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 129 events in the region. Weekly articles cover a range of diseases and currently include, amongst others: COVID-19 across the WHO African region and Ebola virus disease in Guinea.
For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have been controlled and closed. A free subscription to the bulletin is available.

Source: WHO Outbreaks and Emergency Bulletin

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Ebola Vaccine FAQ’s (WHO)


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This fact sheet provides updated (2020) facts on Ebola Vaccines, addressing vaccine licensing, distribution, eligibility, adverse effects, ring vaccines and the role vaccines in outbreak control.

Source: Ebola FAQ’s (WHO)


SBCC for Emergency Preparedness I-Kit

SBCC Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness I-KitJohns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP) developed toolkit that provides essential information and tools for responding to an outbreak using an SBCC approach. It presents a series of nine units, each accompanied by exercise worksheets to help link the SBCC theory to practice.


Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola

ebola-lessons-learned-1This practice briefing sets out what BBC Media Action learned in delivering and supporting health communication in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014–15, focusing specifically on their activities in Sierra Leone. The paper aims to contribute to a body of knowledge about how to best harness and deploy media and communication in public health emergencies. It also underscores the need for the global community to plan and invest in communication long before any crises take hold, to ensure that communication plays a central role in reducing the impact of future crisis events.

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Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis Multimedia Story

Ebola-SBCC-DDR-borderSBCC Helps Fight Crises like Ebola and Zika

This web-based multimedia package released by HC3 focuses on social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the context of a public health crisis.

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis is a multimedia retrospective on the role communication played during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Using animation, maps, video and audio clips as well as narrative text and featuring original communication materials in a gallery-style format, the digital resource demonstrates how SBCC can help combat rumors and misinformation, provide answers from trusted sources, calm fears, bring together stakeholders for a coordinated response and combat stigma.

Reach Every District (RED) Strategy: A Response for Community Participation and Ownership


Click the image to view the strategy.

The RED strategy was a wakeup call to community leaders and members to accept the reality that we had a problem on hand and the only solution in addressing this deadly disease was to make “Ebola everyone’s business”. Through empowerment, communities took ownership of the EVD response in their various areas to stop the transmission of the virus. Communities transmitted the correct messages in their local dialects and conducted active case search, reported sick or suspected cases, supported quarantined communities with food, water, and other basic needs until the MOH and partners could respond. It also drew the attention of the public that no matter what the situation may be the involvement of everyone in the EVD response paid off.

Video: Learning, to Prevent the Next Outbreak

Last month, the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation Project released a video, available in both English and French, reflecting on the 2014 Ebola response within Guinea. Details below from their description:

Guinea was ground zero for the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus, and health experts were concerned that other critical health issues such as routine care for maternal and child health, might suffer because of clinic closures or fears of contracting the virus. MEASURE Evaluation conducted a rapid assessment to understand better the effects of Ebola and published a journal article on the results, authored by Janine Barden O’Fallon, Alimou Barry, Paul Brodish, and Jack Hazerjian. Read it at measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/ja-15-198.

Regardez la vidéo en français ici.

Liberia: The Anti-Ebola Regulation

anti1These regulations were issued in November 2014 by Liberia’s Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.

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More than Me Ambulance Team

In response to the Ebola epidemic, More Than Me purchased an ambulance and trained a team to run it. A team of nine men risk their lives every day to help their community. Meet the brave Liberians who have stepped up to be on the front lines of the battle against Ebola.

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