Efforts to strengthen health security and health systems need to be integrated to promote sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of a country’s preparedness efforts, while avoiding the creation of a vertical health security silo. Strong comprehensive health systems are essential for health security while in turn better health security strengthens health systems.
Recovering from the outbreak is requiring national governments to drive the safe reactivation of essential health services within the context of ongoing response activities. The three levels of WHO have taken a proactive leadership role in supporting the affected countries as they developed their post-Ebola health system recovery and resilience-building plans.
Experience from disease outbreaks including Ebola and other epidemics highlight that a resilient health system, that is well organised, integrated and able to adapt to the needs of the people it serves is not only better positioned to respond to emerging threats, but is also more resilient to tackling the burden of chronic disease.
- Infection prevention and control, and patient safety
- National and regional surveillance systems
- Building a fit-for-purpose workforce
- Essential package of services
How we will get there
EHS Situation reports
News and features
- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti travels to Kinshasa to discuss Ebola outbreak response
- Statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Ebola vaccines for Guinea and the world: photos
- Essential health systems situation reports: Liberia