As the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to fight the outbreak of the ebola virus in West Africa, it’s making internal changes, while calling for effective preparation in communities worldwide.
First: A new director has been appointed to the WHO’s Africa arm. Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti will take over from Luis Gomes Sambo, who has held the post since 2005. It also intends to address complaints that initial response to the outbreak was overly bureaucratic and politicized to quickly respond.
On a global scale, the WHO has released the Consolidated Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness Checklist, which identifies key components for tasks for the international community to take, including equipment, material, and human resources. It also includes guidelines and training components for issues such as:
- Overall coordination
- Public awareness and engagement, and
- Case management.