Threatening messages, such as “Ebola kills”, had initially greatly unsettled the afflicted societies, so the WHO worked on concepts to address specific groups. While remaining focused on Ebola, campaigns demonstrated how general hygienic measures could help people protect themselves. The campaigns were successful in part but could not prevent the disease from spreading for nearly three years. On June 9th, 2016, the health authorities did not register any new cases and the WHO declared the outbreak over. Official figures showed that by that point, 28,646 people had been infected, of whom 11,323 had died.
What followed was an intense discussion among experts about reforming global measures for the prevention of infectious diseases. It would contain a close network of early warnings and an increase in regional WHO offices. Non-government organizations (NGOs) such as Medicine sans Frontiers were to receive more support. Today, concepts are being developed to separate basic medical support and disaster protection from developmental aid. Such efforts are based on a vision of mutually assisting supply systems encompassing all nations.
Ein Mitarbeiter der amerikanischen CDC (Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention) überprüft die Körpertemperatur einer Person,
bevor diese Zutritt zu einem öffentlichen Gebäude erhält (Monrovia, 2014).