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Potential new treatments

At the time of writing, the treatment of Ebola is based on supportive care and symptom relief. Experimental therapies are in trials and the position is changing fast. In the …

Research priorities

The only time that treatments and vaccines for Ebola can be tested in people is during an outbreak. The priority areas for this research are, in order of importance, establishing …

Acknowledgements

Many people gave their time and help during development of the course. Lead Educator: Judith Glynn Course Developers: Joanna Stroud & Megan Kill Contributors from the London School of Hygiene …

Summary

You have now come to the end of the course. What have you learnt? We looked at how the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has developed in an unprecedented way …

How can we prevent this happening again?

International health regulations set out what countries should be doing to detect and respond to outbreaks, but they have not been well implemented. In this video, Professor David Heymann describes …

Strengthening health systems

Looking ahead, it is essential to ensure that health systems are strengthened to prevent similar crises from happening again and to support broader aspects of health for the people of …

Modelling the outbreak and making projections

The purpose of infectious disease transmission models is to improve our understanding of the key drivers of disease spread and to make predictions about what might happen next. Although models …

Trials of vaccines: from development to community

The normal process of vaccine development takes many years and involves several stages, starting from pre-clinical laboratory development and animal testing to clinical development. Due to the urgency of the …

Vaccines and population responses

A vaccine having been proven effective in trials does not guarantee that it will be accepted by the community. In this video, Dr Heidi Larson draws on experience of responses …

How would vaccines help?

This lecture examines how vaccines could potentially help at the community level as well as helping the individuals who are vaccinated. In the video and below this is explained in …

Summary

We have now reached the end of the second week. Look back at what you have done and see the progress you have made. You can see a summary of …

Ebola Stigma: Treatment and Survival

Understandably Ebola causes fear, and out of fear comes stigmatisation of all those involved, not just the sick patients but survivors, healthcare and other Ebola response workers and their families. …

Life in an Ebola treatment centre

Hundreds of healthcare practitioners from all over the world have been deployed to work alongside local staff in caring for the sick in the Ebola outbreak. Organisations such as Médecins …