Emergencies preparedness, response

Essential package of services

Ebola: Health systems recovery

WHO is working with the Ebola-affected countries in restoration of essential health services, and in implementation of national recovery plans.

Measles vaccination team in Kolahun, Liberia (after the Ebola outbreak)
WHO/M. Winkler

In February 2015, WHO established a task force on the restoration of safe essential health services. The task force includes representatives from across multiple WHO technical programmes with the aim of supporting countries (initially through WHO Country Offices) as they implement national plans.

The focus is on fostering collaboration to aid the effectiveness and impact of these multiple technical programmes that are currently supporting the 3 Ebola-affected countries to ensure the provision of strategic, coordinated technical assistance and support from WHO.

The mandate of the task force has focused on 4 interrelated areas:

  • Engagement of multiple vertical technical programmes from across WHO to support the restoration of essential health services.
  • Development of a compendium of resources (the early recovery toolkit) comprising supportive, informational, implementation-focused resources, in full alignment with national plans.
  • Establishment of a mechanism for technical expert review and consensus across WHO, to ensure compliance with WHO and international standards.
  • Demonstration of the added value of such an approach in facilitating a cohesive, harmonized and integrated approach from across WHO’s multiple technical programmes.

The short-term focus of the task force relates to supporting WHO’s lead role in knowledge generation and dissemination, technical support and facilitation during the early recovery phase. In particular, the task force is concerned with strengthening the collaboration and coordination of the different technical actors involved in the early recovery effort. Through this work, WHO is leading and fostering integrated and collaborative working.