How does WHO protect health during outbreaks?
WHO provides technical advice to countries and communities to prepare for and respond to Ebola outbreaks.
WHO actions include:
- disease surveillance and information-sharing across regions to watch for outbreaks;
- technical assistance to investigate and contain health threats when they occur – such as on-site help to identify sick people and track disease patterns;
- advice on prevention and treatment options;
- deployments of experts and the distribution of health supplies (such as personal protection gear for health workers) when they are requested by the country;
- communications to raise awareness of the nature of the disease and protective health measures to control transmission of the virus;
- activation of regional and global networks of experts to provide assistance, if requested, and mitigate potential international health effects and disruptions of travel and trade.