SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

WHO, World Food Programme join forces to fight Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently teamed up Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in order to get the current Ebola outbreak down to zero cases in West Africa.

The partnership combines WHO´s public health expertise with WFP´s logistics strength, and also creates an alert and response infrastructure for future epidemics.

“This partnership increases both agencies’ abilities to reach, monitor and respond to the needs of all people touched by Ebola,” Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said. “It helps us deploy and maintain technical teams with expertise in infection prevention and control, epidemiology, and contact tracing, enabling dedicated health workers in the deep field to do their best work."

More than 700 WHO employees are working at the community level in Ebola-affected West African countries. WFP is ensuring that WHO has the resources it needs to share information vital to tracking and stopping the virus.

Chan said that the logistical support WFP has provided to WHO and the humanitarian community has helped Ebola-affected people receive the care and support they need.

“The Ebola crisis will not end until we identify, reach and successfully treat every last case,“ Chan said. "Recognizing this goal, the WHO-WFP partnership – a joint technical and operational force – will continue providing the support required to achieve zero cases.”

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