NPHIs, others develop resources to combat Ebola

2014, NIAID/CDCSeptember 5, 2014

by Christy Craig

In a news release earlier this week, the WHO explained that the current Ebola outbreak can only be stopped with a “massive global response.” NPHIs, intergovernmental organizations, and INGOs are rising to this challenge by providing important resources to prevent and control the outbreak.

In Quebec, the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) has developed guides specific to preparing for and managing Ebola if there were to be an outbreak in that province. Among the recently published guides are a set of infection control measures for hospital settings, and a guide to analysis of suspected cases.

The U.S. CDC, which as of September 5th has sent over 70 employees to work in Ebola affected countries, has established a site dedicated to disseminating Ebola outbreak information, including Questions and Answers on Ebola, the latest outbreak updates, and stories from the field. France’s INSERM has created a series of videos to answer questions about the current outbreak. In the most recent video, Sylvain Baize, director of INSERM’s Laboratory of Biology of Emerging Viral Infections, discusses the outbreak.

In addition to NPHIs, the WHO - as well as a number of international organizations and journals- have created resources for the current outbreak.

Science Magazine: Special Collection of Ebola virus research and news articles

The World Health Organization: comprehensive coverage of the outbreak, including reports on the situation, an outbreak response Roadmap, and outbreak news.

The Lancet: research, reviews, editorials, and an interactive dialogue with affected countries.

Doctors Without Borders: updates from the field, press releases, and the latest figures in outbreak response.

Photo courtesy of CDC/NIAID, 2014