29 August 2014

West Africa: WHO Issues Roadmap to Ebola Response

The World Health Organization (WHO) has disclosed that it has issued a roadmap to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6 to 9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread.

A statement issued by the organization on Thursday says that the roadmap 'recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak's broader socioeconomic impact.'

The roadmap responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response, said the statement.

It is stated that nearly 40% of the total number of reported cases has occurred within the past three weeks.

The roadmap was informed by comments received from a large number of partners, including health officials in the affected countries, the African Union, development banks, other UN agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and countries providing direct financial support.

It will serve as a framework for updating detailed operational plans.

Priority is being given to needs for treatment and management centers, social mobilization, and safe burials.

These plans will be based on site-specific data that are being set out in regular situation reports, which roadmap covers the health dimensions of the international response.

These dimensions include key potential bottlenecks requiring international coordination, such as the supply of personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and body bags.

The WHO roadmap will be complemented by the development of a separate UN-wide operational platform that brings in the skills and capacities of other agencies, including assets in the areas of logistics and transportation.

The UN-wide platform aims to facilitate the delivery of essential services, such as food and other provisions, water supply and sanitation, and primary health care.

The statement indicates that resource flows to implement the roadmap will be tracked separately, with support from the World Bank.

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