Ebola virus disease

WHO applauds Rwanda’s Ebola preparedness efforts

24 July 2019 - WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today commended Rwanda on its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts and confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been reported from the country to date.

Rwanda has a detailed National Preparedness Plan in place and is training health workers in early detection and response, educating communities about Ebola, vaccinating health workers in high-risk areas, equipping health facilities, and conducting simulation exercises to maintain a high level of readiness.

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Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

17 July 2019 - WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

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High-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo affirms support for Government-led response and UN system-wide approach

15 July 2019 - Almost a year after the outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern DRC and with the number of new cases at worrying levels, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting today in Geneva to take stock of the coordinated response and galvanize further support for the government-led effort to defeat the deadly disease.

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Uganda’s groundwork in preparedness bodes well for stopping Ebola’s spread within its borders

25 June 2019 - As Uganda steps up its response to its first confirmed Ebola cases, preparations made since the outbreak began in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are proving crucial to containing the disease.
“Uganda has invested heavily in preparing for Ebola cases and I’m looking forward to seeing how this investment has paid off,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.

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WHO flags critical funding gap, calls for political parties to join fight against Ebola

19 June 2019 - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will only end with bipartisan political cooperation and community ownership, according to the World Health Organization’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was speaking to Member States in Geneva after returning from a visit to DRC, where he reviewed the health response and met with leaders from multiple sectors to galvanize their commitment. The organization is also facing a severe funding gap for the response.

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WHO Director-General visits Uganda to assess Ebola response

17 June 2019 - The Ministry of Health received the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to assess the response to the current Ebola outbreak in Kasese District, Western Uganda.

Dr. Tedros held meetings in Entebbe while on his way from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where he visited the Ebola hotspots, Butembo and Katwa. This is his third visit to Uganda since the Ebola outbreak was declared in August 2018 in DRC.

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Uganda tackles Ebola outbreak through several response Activities

17 June 2019 - The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak that was declared on 11th June 2019 after detection of the disease in a 5-year-old boy has put Uganda’s experience in managing hemorrhagic fevers and the ten-months of preparedness effort under the spotlight.
Anxious, yet ready, health workers are responding appropriately to the glare.

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Preparedness and R&D

Preparedness for emergencies

WHO is working with countries in implementing plans to prevent and respond to a possible epidemic of Ebola virus disease.

R&D Blueprint

Clinical trials are bringing the world close to having its first safe and effective Ebola vaccine; researchers are learning more about the effects of Ebola on survivors.

Past outbreaks

Équateur Province outbreak, 2018

Ebola outbreak 2017

Information resources, documents and updates published during the 2017 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola outbreak 2014-2015

Information resources, documents and updates published during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Partners and networks

WHO coordinates the international health response to emergencies and humanitarian crises, but we cannot do this work without our partners who help us deliver health services in even the most difficult situations.

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