WHO has published WHO opens regional Ebola response centre. Excerpt:
Conakry, Guinea - July 16, 2014 – In response to continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, WHO today activated a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in Conakry, Guinea.
“The Centre will act as a platform to consolidate and harmonize the technical support being provided to West African countries affected by the outbreak. It will also help to mobilize resources for the response,” says Dr Francis Kasolo, Director for Disease Prevention and Control for the WHO African Region and Head of the Coordination Centre.
“Alongside national health authorities and WHO, other partner agencies involved in the Ebola response, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Red Cross, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and technical partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), will also work from the Centre.”
Creation of centre follows emergency meeting recommendations
The establishment of the Centre was requested by health ministers from 11 African countries at an emergency meeting convened by WHO in Accra, Ghana, 2-3 July.
The Accra meeting identified critical challenges and gaps in the response: coordination, communications, cross-border collaboration, treatment of patients, contact tracing and community participation, human resources and financial support.
“Addressing these challenges in three countries will be far more efficient through a single coordination mechanism,” says Dr Benido Impouma,
“Finding and treating all Ebola patients and then tracing and observing the close contacts of these persons over a period of 21 days to ensure they have not been infected is a key to halting transmission. This can be only done with full community participation.”
As of 12 July 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the three countries stands at 964, including 603 deaths.
As soon as I find a link to the new centre's website, I'll post it in Ebola Resources.