Emergencies preparedness, response

The role of training in the West Africa Ebola response

April 2016

The magnitude of the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola outbreak combined with a dearth of local and international expertise in tackling the disease necessitated training on a mass scale. Over the duration of the epidemic, WHO and partners trained more than 8,000 health professionals from over 80 nations, including the Ebola-affected countries.

The training courses focused on protecting first responders through disease-specific information and safety measures and preparing them for a range of specific Ebola response functions, including treatment of Ebola patients, case tracking, safe burials, epidemiology and infection prevention and control.

To better understand the impact of the trainings, WHO commissioned a review, which was conducted by an independent, external body.