Ebola virus disease

Ebola survivors

A programme of care for Ebola survivors

20 February 2019 - As he does every month, Faustin Kalivanda, a father of four, returns to the Beni General Hospital for a check-up. But this isn't a routine check-up. Kalivanda has survived Ebola and was under treatment at this very hospital until November. He lost his wife and their five-year-old daughter Ester to the disease. He still remembers not only the disease but also the people who helped him recover.

Healthy baby born to mother who survived Ebola

13 February 2019 - Dressed in pink, Sylvana, who is only five days old, lies in her mother’s arms. Her mother, Joséphine Ekoli, 28 is happy that she gave birth to a healthy baby after recovering from Ebola. Ekoli was infected with the virus and admitted to an Ebola treatment centre supported by WHO in December 2018.

Returning home after surviving Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

10 June 2018 - Lucien Ambunga, Catholic Priest and Pastor for the remote rural community of Itipo celebrated his first Sunday (June 10) mass since he returned to his parish on 8 June, after recovering from Ebola.

When he was diagnosed with Ebola last month, Father Ambunga was taken to the town of Bikoro where there is an Ebola treatment centre in the general hospital. He was given a clean bill of health late last month, but stayed on in Bikoro to recover further. When he returned to Itipo on Friday he was greeted by a joyous crowd.

At the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Bikoro, it is a happy day

6 June 2018 - A happy day at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Joseph, Marie-Noel and Vincent are going home after recovering from the disease. WHO and partners are working hard to stop the Ebola outbreak.

"When I got sick of Ebola, I had no other choice than to go to the appropriate facility to be treated," said Joseph. "I said to myself: I must go there. Now I am free of Ebola."

Persistence of Ebola virus RNA in semen and implications for public health

4 June 2018 - A better understanding of how long the virus remains in body fluids other than blood and which host factors determine persistence in the body fluids is essential to shape appropriate public health guidance.

To address the concerns of survivors and the research emerging from this field, in collaboration with John Snow Incorporation, and the United States National Institutes of Health, WHO convened a meeting from 28-30 June 2017 in Monrovia, Liberia.