The Ebola outbreak is over - but the work to contain potential pandemics must continue

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Now that WHO has declared the outbreak over, we mustn’t lose sight of what it took to get here

Commentary - Ebola outbreak over Telegraph

A WHO worker administer a vaccinating during the most recent outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Kenny Katombe/Reuters.

It took the world months to wake up to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. By the time an international public health emergency was declared – five months after the first cases emerged – nearly 1,000 people had died from the disease. By the end of the outbreak the following year more than 28,000 people had been infected and 11,000 people died. 

The response to the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – which has officially been declared over – could not have been more different.

Read the full article on the Telegraph website.

 

300 million

Between 2016 and 2020, Gavi will help countries to immunise another 300 million children against potentially fatal diseases, saving between 5 and 6 million lives in the long term.

WHO/UNICEF and Gavi 2018

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