Emergencies preparedness, response

Learning for the future

Ebola: Health services recovery

It is critical that lessons learned from the post-Ebola recovery feed into the global pool of knowledge in order to improve future responsiveness and timely use of new knowledge.

Ebola in Guinea: WHO and partners go from household to household in the Dubreka prefecture talking to families and encouraging them to declare any illnesses or deaths.
WHO/P. Haughton

Key activity areas

Each technical area of work on health services recovery has in-built processes to ensure lessons are harnessed in live time to refine ongoing activity planning. The WHO recovery toolkit is a collection of tools and resources to support the reactivation of essential health services in the aftermath of an outbreak of a highly transmissible disease (e.g. Ebola virus disease) as countries implement their national recovery plans.

The library of resources was compiled in order to keep the multitude of technical resources available within WHO well organized. Key points and practical application of various support tools and resources are specified so that users have readily available information to develop policies and design evidence-based programmes in support of national recovery plans during the immediate recovery phase. The toolkit aims to harmonize and align vertical programmes and prevent silo work.

Complementary to the Early Recovery Toolkit, the WHO Health Systems Resource (HSR) tool for the Ebola-affected countries is designed to orient WHO technical advisers and consultants who will work in the area of health systems strengthening, and ensure a high degree of coherence in health systems technical assistance work in affected countries, as well as in those countries currently suffering from extremely weak health systems.

What emerges will be used as an asset to inform future early recovery endeavours required in the global health arena. Lessons will also be harnessed on the linkages between early recovery, resilience and quality universal health coverage. Continued knowledge harvesting will create more opportunities to fill gaps and also work towards making the list of essential resources more concise.