Battling Ebola: The Road Ahead
New Ebola Cases
Across West Africa
Have Been Nearly Eliminated
But the United States will not stop fighting the virus until it is contained
“As long as there is even one case of Ebola that’s active out there, risks still exist. Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire. So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.”
—President Barack Obama
Liberia has reached zero,
So too has Guinea, and
Sierra Leone had just two cases at the start of 2016.
The Impact blog has been chronicling USAID’s role in helping end this historic public health crisis.
We’re fighting Ebola by increasing and improving isolation and treatment of Ebola cases, strengthening infection prevention and control—including providing safe and dignified burials, and launching information and behavior change campaigns.
The Road Ahead
The fight against the largest and most-protracted Ebola epidemic in history is not over.
The world mounted an unprecedented response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Children return to classes in Liberia after months at home to help prevent Ebola’s spread.
As new Ebola cases dwindle in much of West Africa, our response is shifting to rebuilding health systems, restoring people’s trust in government, finding more effective ways to communicate with the public, and jumpstarting the economy.
Re-establishing essential services—from health care to schools —is critical to this region’s recovery.
Helping children return to school, parents get back to work, get markets up and running.
Screening for Ebola along reopened borders to allow business to resume.
Our USAID staff on the front lines of the Ebola response reflect on their work fighting the largest and most protracted Ebola epidemic in history.
USAID supports the heroes who responded to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
A USAID public health advisor assesses the Ebola outbreak in the early stages of the epidemic.
A veteran in humanitarian disaster assistance faces her fears on the front lines of the U.S. Ebola response.