Via WHO: WHO opens regional Ebola response centre. Excerpt:
The vast geographical spread of the outbreak requires enormous and robust response capacity and structures. As this is the first major EVD outbreak in West Africa, affected countries have to scale up their epidemic preparedness and response systems.
The Sub-regional Centre will be responsible for ensuring effective use and deployment of limited, but highly critical resources based on prioritization and agreed objectives. The organization and coordination of key support functions and field operations will move closer to outbreak areas, or ‘hot spots’.
In addition, the Sub-regional Centre will:
• ensure sufficient technical and operational support and resources to sustain response activities in the field, facilitate the coordination of GOARN partners and networks, prepare public communications materials and activities, engage in contingency planning, risk assessments, and scaling of operations as required, and secure an environment that enables effective and successful field operations;
• define operational periods to achieve agreed objectives and ensure the planning, coordination, and optimum use of limited resources, as well as continuity of action and management;
• direct human and material resources for: communications and social mobilization, investigation of alerts and new outbreaks, case finding and contact tracing, surveillance and data management, patient treatment and care, logistics, stockpiling, and movement of personal protective equipment to key locations; and
• provide technical guidance and resources, communications support, decision-making, and reporting for all field teams in the sub-region.
I hope the Centre will have its own web page; when it does, I'll post the link.