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.

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