On March 5, Liberian physicians discharged Beatrice Yardolo, an English teacher, from the hospital, hoping that she would be their last Ebola patient. Unfortunately, last Friday another person in Liberia tested positive for the disease that has killed more than 10,000 people in West Africa.
Researchers working in Sierra Leone suggest priority actions needed to tackle the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. There is an urgent need to provide reliable and constant access to personal protective equipment in health-care centres across the region."
In the meantime, Ebola continues to spread amongst health workers and the general population, in countries where health resources were already strained before the outbreak. The answer is not untested drugs, mass quarantines, or even humanitarian relief.
Shortcomings in the health workforce stretch well beyond Africa and current disease outbreaks. Education, training and incentives should be focused on creating an efficient workforce that is centred on people rather than disease.
The most frequently cited problems faced by those interviewed were the lack of hospitals, lack of education and lack of jobs. These challenges are causing widespread psychological distress for people of all ages across Sierra Leone, including fear, boredom, and feelings of isolation and separation.
In response to this need, WHO oversaw the development of the Recovery Toolkit. I'm confident that this will increase awareness and access among partners and countries of the products/resources available.
The problems we face are wide-ranging, from inefficient or underfunded systems to economic or political struggles to natural disasters. We are sharing resources with existing programs to reduce noncommunicable diseases caused by hypertension and tobacco use.
This is partly because a patient and their family may be stigmatized if diagnosed with Ebola. There is an urgent need to provide reliable and constant access to personal protective equipment in health care centers across the region."
At the invitation of host countries, we provide training and critical technical assistance in the areas of surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity building, and communications. The SWS increases access to safe water by helping individuals treat and safely store water in homes, health facilities, and schools.
Its changing quickly, and its going to be a long fight, Frieden said at a World Bank forum on Thursday. Ebola has killed more than 3,800 in West Africa, and its likely to be months before the disease is under control.