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EBOLA

Panneau Ebola Conakry, Guinée

Ebola virus disease (previously called Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever) is a serious disease, often fatal in humans. The virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals and then propagates through the population via person-to-person transmission. The first outbreaks of Ebola virus disease happened in isolated villages in Central Africa, near tropical forests, but the recent outbreak in West Africa affected major urban centers as well as rural areas.

The average mortality rate is around 50%. During previous outbreaks, the rates have run from 25% to 90%. Community participation is essential for stopping outbreaks. To be effective, the fight must to be based on a collection of actions: caring for cases, monitoring and seeking out contacts, quality laboratory services, safe burials, and social mobilization. Early support based around rehydration and symptomatic treatment increases survival rates.

No approved treatment has currently demonstrated any ability to neutralize the virus, but many treatments (immunological and medicinal blood by-products) are being studied. There is no currently approved vaccine for Ebola virus disease, but two candidates are currently being evaluated.

 

Solthis' Action

Health workers were hit with the full force of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, working tirelessly to care for the sick and risking their lives each time they went to work. According to a WHO report on the infection in healthcare personnel, the risk of being infected by the Ebola virus was between 21 and 32 times greater for healthcare workers than for the general population.

As a result, Solthis is engaged through its local and international partners in supporting new protection measures for healthcare personnel and patients, in conjunction with national Ebola response plans in these two countries by ensuring training for healthcare workers, technical assistance to verify the availability of protective materials in HIV units, and monitoring the implementation of preventative measures within HIV units in sites targeted by the project.

 

 

Country action

GUINEASIERRA LEONENIGERMALI

Expertise

OPERATIONAL RESEARCHHEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMCAPACITY BUILDINGSTRENGTHENING SYSTEMS AND HEALTH SERVICESHEALTH SERVICEHEALTH WORKFORCEHEALTH PRODUCTS AND PHARMACEUTICAL SYSTEMLABORATORIES AND TECHNICAL PLATFORMSHEALTH FINANCINGGOVERNANCE AND HEALTH POLICIESADVOCACY

Health priority

HIV / AIDSTUBERCULOSISHEPATITISMOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH

Associated contents

JIKI TRIAL – Favipiravir Ebola Guinea – Publication in PLOSmedicine

2016 |  Research papers

GUINEAOPERATIONAL RESEARCHEBOLA

The INSERM and other partners of the JIKI trial, among which Alima, Doctors w/borders, the Red Cross published a research paper in PLOSmedicine : see this publication  The JIKI clinical trial seeked to test the effectiveness of Favirapir among people infected with the Ebola virus in Guinea. Solthis is pleased to have been able to participate in a modest degree to this project by facilitating the achievement of this trial on the spot through its team based in Conakry.

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CROI 2016 : Access to HIV care in the health districts affected by the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

2016 |  Posters

SIERRA LEONEOPERATIONAL RESEARCHHEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMHIV / AIDSEBOLA

Presentation of the poster “access to HIV care in the health districts affected by the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone” for the CROI 2016. Download the poster Jacques CROI 2016 Official Website : CROI 2016

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CROI 2015: Solthis and Donka National Hospital Poster

2015 |  Posters

OPERATIONAL RESEARCHHIV / AIDSEBOLA

Presentation of Solthis and Donka National Hospital poster on the 'impact of the Ebola outbreak on the quality of care of people living with HIV taking antiretroviral treatment at Donka National Hospital in Conakry, Guinea' More informations about CROI 2015

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THE LANCET : Prevention of HIV spread during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea

2015 |  Scientific Papers

GUINEAOPERATIONAL RESEARCHHIV / AIDSEBOLA

Author(s): J. NDawinz, M. Cissé, M. SK Diallo, C. T. Sidibé and E. D'Ortenzio Journal: The Lancet, April 11, 2015

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