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Ebola outbreak 2014-2016

Ebola vaccine trial

Ebola vaccine provides protection, trial confirms

23 December 2016 – An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, was studied in a trial involving 11 841 people in Guinea during 2015.

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WHO Ebola vaccine trial team at a follow-up sessions with a trial participant, Guinea

End of Ebola transmission in Guinea and Liberia

June 2016 -- WHO declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea and in Liberia. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea and Liberia now enter a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

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Patients waiting at the Redemption hospital, Monrovia, Liberia

Recovery toolkit: Supporting countries to achieve health service resilience

May 2016 -- The recovery toolkit is online library of guidance resources to support countries in the reactivation of health services which may have suffered as a result of an emergency, such as the Ebola outbreak. These services include ongoing programmes such as immunization, maternal and child health services, infection prevention and control.

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Dr Doussou Touré washes her hands from a bucket before entering the Coléah Medical Centre, Guinea.

Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

5 May 2016 -- The isolation and transit room near the entrance to Coleah Medical Centre is one of 12 that WHO built in the past year at under-resourced health facilities in Guinea with inadequate triage structures. Eight more are under construction, to be used for any highly infectious diseases, including Ebola.

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Two health workers wearing protective clothing and masks escort two small children away from a health facility

Liberia and Guinea discharge final Ebola patients in latest flare-up and begin 42 days of heightened surveillance

2 May 2016 -- Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partners held a ceremony at the Ebola treatment facility in Monrovia to celebrate the recovery and discharge of a 2-year-old boy, the final patient in a latest flare-up in Liberia. His 5-year-old brother recovered a week earlier.

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Situation report

28,616A total of 28,616 Ebola cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths.

Ebola Situation Report, 10 June


10,000Today, there are over 10,000 survivors of Ebola virus disease.

For more: Ebola dashboard of achievements

Phase 3

3 objectivesTo interrupt all remaining chains of Ebola transmission. To respond to the consequences of residual risks. To work on health systems recovery.

For more: Read the report on Phase 3

Ebola survivors

Clinical care for Ebola survivors

Ebola survivors need comprehensive support for the medical and psychosocial challenges they face and also to minimize the risk of continued Ebola virus transmission.

Health systems recovery

Rebuilding health systems in the aftermath of an outbreak

Recovering from the Ebola outbreak requires getting essential health services back up and running, and addressing the weaknesses of the health system. WHO is supporting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the road to recovery.

Epidemic clinical management

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Epidemic clinical management (ECM) addresses public health through optimal and safe clinical management, effective disease prevention and treatment, prevention and control of health care-associated infections.

Ebola situation reports

The situation reports include summary of the situation, tables, maps, and data on number of cases, deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and other affected countries. As of May 2016, the situation report is issued in pdf format only.

Data, statistics, maps

Ebola training

Over the duration of the epidemic, WHO and partners trained more than 8,000 health professionals from over 80 nations. The training topics included:


Partners in the Ebola response

The international community responded to the appeals for help from the UN with a vast array of much-needed support to contain the outbreak. Such support came in a variety of ways: from sending medical teams to building treatment centres, and more.

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Research and development

WHO has convened a coalition of experts to develop the blueprint and a platform for accelerated research and development, which will be presented to Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2016.


WHO has transitioned its emergency preparedness support to a broader range of risks, and extended activities to other countries, including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.