Participants focused on important areas to improve public health resilience to high-consequence infectious disease events, including governance and leadership, communication and public trust, quarantine and the law, monitoring programs, environmental decontamination, and waste management.
DRC Red Cross teams have faced incidents of violence and aggression from communities resisting safe burial protocols since the start of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu.
This document discusses the use and availability of biocontainment facilities in low income countries.
Since its official launch in January 2017, Africa CDC has intervened in 10 crises, from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria; to landslides in Sierra Leone; to, most recently, the Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
According to workshop organizers, in the event of global smallpox spread, first responders would need to isolate 70 percent of smallpox patients and track and vaccinate at least 70 percent of their contacts.
Treatment centers will stay open but vaccinations and the tracing of people who have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients have stopped for now.
There is poor public health surveillance in many parts of the world, there aren’t enough vaccines to go around and the international legal framework designed to ensure vaccines get to the poorest countries is not fit for purpose.
The attack on the outskirts of the city of Beni underscored the challenges authorities face in tackling a flare-up of the deadly disease in an active conflict zone stalked by dozens of armed groups.
This interagency (FAO, UNICEF, WHO) toolkit will be useful for anyone wanting to design effective outbreak prevention and control measures in community settings. The toolkit contains a 7-step approach, with corresponding tools, checklists, and templates for designing behavioral and communication interventions that support the development of outbreak prevention and control measures.
A critical concern in stemming this outbreak involves the homes of patients. In a typical Ebola outbreak, for every patient that comes in Doctors Without Borders would send a team to their house to decontaminate it, but in the current outbreak many patients live in areas that are too dangerous to travel to.