Emergencies preparedness, response

Videos: Ebola outbreak response

WHO videos 2014-2015

2015 videos

The Ebola crisis in November 2015, one year after its terrifying peak

One year ago, the West African Ebola outbreak was generating so many new cases, had spread to so many countries that the world was terrified. Many feared that the Ebola virus was the pathogen that would overwhelm humanity. Now, one year later that terror has been replaced by confidence that strong leadership, adaptation of the response to cultures and environments and innovation have turned the tide.

Published November 2015

Training of trainers for at-risk countries on clinical management of Ebola patients

Since August 2014, WHO and its partners have developed and implemented a variety of courses to train frontline healthcare workers in the 3 countries directly affected by Ebola. Similar training activities have also been organized and proactively rolled-out in at-risk countries as part of preparation planning.

Published on 13 October 2015

If you can beat Ebola, you can beat anything

When Ebola hit West Africa the healthcare systems of the region were under-financed and poorly equipped. Liberia had only 130 doctors for a country of 4.5 million people. Many of those doctors died of the disease. As Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone look to the future and to rebuilding their countries, recruiting and training doctors, nurses and other health professionals will be key to avoiding another devastating crisis. Dr Ireland, a Liberian doctor who has recovered from Ebola, says in the video that if you can beat Ebola you can beat anything.

Published on 15 July 2015

Ebola frontline heroes - Interview at "World health +SocialGood"

This segment of World Health + SocialGood shows a reportage in which 3 testimonies from health workers in West Africa appear. Dr Jim Campbell, WHO Director of the Department of Health Workforce, and Miatta Gbanya, Deputy Incident Manager of the Ebola Response in Liberia, were interviewed after this reportage on 20 May during the World Health Assembly 2015.

Published on 29 May 2015

Ebola response - Interview at "World health + SocialGood"

Dr Margaret Harris, WHO Spokesperson, was interviewed on 20 May during the World Health Assembly 2015, as part of the webcast entitled "World Health + SocialGood". She gives her testimony from various missions she did in the field.

Published on 29 May 2015

Ebola outbreak - Interview at "World health +SocialGood"

Dr David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola, was interviewed on 20 May during the World Health Assembly 2015, as part of the webcast entitled "World Health +SocialGood".

Published on 29 May 2015

Interview with Pieter Desloovere on the Ebola response in Liberia

Pieter Desloovere, a WHO spokesperson, was deployed as a communications officer to Liberia from September 2014 till January 2015. He shares his reflection of his experience on the ground, and looks back at how Liberia got to zero cases and its successes as well as his most touching moment.

Published on 11 May 2015

Hand hygiene in Ebola care facilities

Hand hygiene action to support containment of the Ebola outbreak has been crucial for all health workers in West Africa. In Sierra Leone, WHO provided trainings on hand wash and other infection prevention measures, as well as guidance on hand-hygiene products that should be used in health-care facilities.

Published on 4 May 2015

Survivors in limbo

Sierra Leone has more than 2000 known Ebola survivors, who have been celebrated as heroes all over the country. But once back in the community, they face the harsh reality of stigmatization. As a young boy and orphan, Sherrie used to live with his uncle, until he was discharged from the Ebola treatment centre and he found that he wasn’t welcome back in his own home.

Published on 13 February 2015

A window of opportunity for vaccination in Sierra Leone

It is a quiet morning in the primary healthcare unit of Kamasondo village, Port Loko district, Sierra Leone. Today is the first day for all newborns to get vaccinated, but only a few mothers with their babies show up. The community is still scared to go back to the health centre. When the Ebola outbreak was raging in the village, the Kamasondo health centre was turned into a holding centre for Ebola patients and most health services, including immunization, were suspended. What initially started as a slow day ended as a success. More than 45 healthy babies received two vaccines – Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and pentavalent vaccine – to protect them against tuberculosis, haemophilus influenza type b, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and diphtheria.

Published on 30 January 2015

WHO helps partners provide Ebola care

WHO is working with many agencies and governments in West Africa to train the frontline workers and to train the trainers from partner agencies, national staff and humanitarian teams who are all working together to bring this unprecedented outbreak under control. This video is from just one such training for partners in Sierra Leone.

Published on 30 January 2015

Training makes all the difference – Interview with Dr Sylvie Briand

Dr Sylvie Briand and her team from WHO developed a Pocket guide on clinical management of patients with viral hemorrhagic fevers. This pocket guide has now become the basis of trainings at Ebola treatment units (ETUs), Community care centres (CCCs) and thousands of responders. Dr Briand talks about why training, in all areas of Ebola response – identifying the sick and those who have come into close contact with them, providing treatment and care, engaging communities to stop the spread of the disease, and if patients die, making sure they are buried safely and with dignity – is essential to stopping Ebola.

Published on 30 January 2015

Channelling hope – interview with psychosocial health worker Dash Karbar

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has produced increasing circles of victims beyond the infected and the dead. Survivors, families, children, and health workers are dealing with the stress and trauma left behind by the disease. Meet Dash Karbar, a psychosocial worker working in Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit. Dash is one of the 57 mental health clinicians trained by WHO and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on how to support health-care workers, Ebola patients, and how to serve as a liaison between Ebola patients and their families and communities.

Published on 25 January 2015

Austin Jallah, an Ebola survivor, shares his experience fighting Ebola in Liberia

When the outbreak first started in March 2014 and we heard about this deadly virus Ebola, I was in Kakata," says Austin Jallah, a student nurse of Kakata University, in Margibi County, Liberia. He is now working as a WHO expert patient trainer on Ebola.

Published 10 January 2015