Emergencies preparedness, response

Videos: Ebola outbreak response

2014 videos

Liberia - local students become active Ebola case finders

Ever since the closure of the university due to the Ebola outbreak, Robbin George, criminology student at the University of Liberia, has been trying to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in his country. He joined the team of active case finders to go from house to house to find out if sick people are being treated.

Published on 22 December 2014

Stepping up the fight against Ebola in Western Sierra Leone

The Western Area of Sierra Leone is the "hotspot" in the Ebola outbreak at the moment, with the highest transmission of the Ebola virus. The Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners, are sending in a massive surge of staff and resources to this area to intensify efforts to curb the spread of Ebola disease.

Published on 19 December 2014

Field report from Koinadugu, Sierra Leone

Upon learning of the first Ebola cases reported in Koinadugu District, Sierra Leone in October 2014, WHO and partners acted swiftly to track new transmission chains, increase key resources on the ground, and establish remote community care centers where they could do the most good. With support from the government and communuty leaders, this coordinated, targeted response is beginning to show signs of bringing the outbreak under control. In November 2014, WHO spokesperson Winnie Romeril joined WHO and partners on the ground and filed this video report.

Published on 26 November 2014

Animated video on Ebola

This animated video provides basic information and precautions on how to protect self from Ebola virus disease. It also outlines modes of transmission, symptoms, as well as the top-listed frequently asked questions.

Published on 19 November 2014

Cuban health workers in Liberia

As of 22 October 2014, a delegation of Cuban health workers arrived in Liberia to help fight the Ebola outbreak. Having received an initial Ebola training in Cuba, all team members received a second training in Liberia on how to work in an Ebola treatment unit.

Published on 13 November 2014

New Ebola Treatment Unit opens in Monrovia, Liberia

On 31 October 2014, a new Ebola treatment unit opened at the former Ministry of Defence compound, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. This new unit adds another 200 beds to the almost 500 currently available for Ebola patients in the Liberian capital, which remains the epicentre of the outbreak.

Published on 31 October 2014

Ebola outbreak response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

On the 24 August 2014, WHO was notified of a further outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the remote area of the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Published on 3 October 2014

Testimony of Harrison Sakila, an Ebola survivor, Liberia

This testimony was recorded in Liberia on 17 July 2014 at Foya district's treatment centre. Harrison recounts that he contracted Ebola when he assisted his sick mother. A week after the mother's death, he too got sick. Health staff of Samaritan’s Purse saw him and took him to the treatment centre. "I didn’t refuse, I joined them, they tested me – it was positive. They took me to the area of the treatment centre for confirmed cases. After one week, they came for my blood test, it was negative. I came out. I am alright."

Published on 20 August 2014

Testimony of Saah Tamba, an Ebola survivor, Liberia

This testimony was recorded in Liberia on 17 July 2014 at Foya district's treatment centre. Saah Tamba from Lofa’s capital Voinjama lost 5 members of his family. He describes the ordeal he went through when he was sick – the body pains, the chills due to high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. He immediately went to the clinic and health staff brought him to the treatment centre in Foya. "When I got sick, my family doubted my recovery. The doctors who treated me gave me certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola, if anyone would still doubt. I am now free to go home, I am well and I am happy."

Published on 20 August 2014

Three testimonies of Ebola survivors

These testimonies of Ebola survivors were recorded in Liberia on 17 July 2014 at Foya district's treatment centre. The film also has interviews with a doctor and a volunteer involved in social mobilisation.

Published on 20 August 2014

Testimony of Matu Kamara, an Ebola survivor, Sierra Leone

This testimony was recorded in Liberia on 17 July 2014 at Foya district's treatment centre. "We, Ebola survivors, should have a certificate to show people that we had Ebola and we were treated," shares 52-year old Matu Kamara from Koindu town, Kailahun in Sierra Leone. Matu lost her only child and sister to the disease. Matu adds, "Ebola can be cured once you submit yourself early for treatment. Do not wait to become very sick before going to the hospital." She decided to stay with her relatives as she recovers from her loss and she plans to rebuild her life after Ebola in Foya.

Published on 20 August 2014

WHO and partners respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea

This video produced in August 2014 looks at the response of WHO and partners to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea and neighbouring countries.

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.

Published on 11 August 2014

Fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

National health authorities, WHO and partners are working around the clock to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting Sierra Leone’s eastern districts of Kailahun and Kenema. Kailahun is situated close to the border with Guinea and specifically the Gueckedou region where the outbreak was first declared in March this year. The first confirmed Ebola cases in Kailahun were reported on 25 May.

Published on 11 August 2014

WHO responds to Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa

In March 2014, the Ministry of Health of Guinea notified WHO of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in the south-eastern part of the country. This video was produced in April 2014. The virus rapidly spread to the capital, Conakry, as well as to neighbouring countries, such as Liberia. This is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. WHO, along with partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and other international organizations, responded to requests from countries and deployed doctors and nurses, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, logisticians, and other support staff to Conakry and other affected locations.

Published on 6 August 2014

Ebola outbreak response

Dr Nestor Ndayimirije, WHO Representative in Liberia, speaks about the Ebola outbreak here and in neighbouring countries, and WHO’s effort to support the response. Photographs taken in July 2014 in this area illustrate his statement.

Published on 31 July 2014