Special Coverage: Ebola in West Africa

Between March 2014 and January 2016, Ebola virus killed more than 11,300 people, including over 500 health workers

Protecting health workers and preparing them to address the long-term effects on Ebola survivors must be a priority. That's why IntraHealth International is working to make sure West Africa's health workforce can prevent new infections and bolster the health systems in which they work as Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone recover from the epidemic. 

Together with our partners, we develop resources and tools to help affected countries support their health workforces and embark on the long road to recovery. 

Photo by Morgana Wingard via CC BY-NC 2.0.

News & Features

Continued Focus Needed on Heroic Frontline Health Workers as Ebola Recovery Begins in West Africa
On January 14, 2016, the World Health Organization declared that all known chains of Ebola transmission have been stopped in West Africa. As the region transitions to recovery, country-led plans to build resilient, sustainable frontline health workforces connected to stronger health systems must be a priority. 

Liberia Includes mHero in National Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System
Ebola was the impetus for mHero, but the platform can be used for all types of information and communication needs within the health system. 

Hans, Luke, and Leah: Ebola Fighters Honored at White House Grand Challenge Event
During the White House event, Steven Van Roekel, USAID’s former chief innovation officer, used a Star Wars analogy to laud the efforts of "Hans, Luke, and Leah," referring to Hans Rosling of the Karolinska Institute, Luke Bawo of Liberia’s Ministry of Health, and Leah McManus of IntraHealth, for their work in Liberia.

IntraHealth Receives Grand Challenge Award for Ebola Response
IntraHealth will use the award to further develop and expand its mHero technology in collaboration with UNICEF and a consortium of partners.

New Analysis Highlights Cost Effectiveness of Health Workforce Scale Up in Ebola-Affected Countries
An independent analysis commissioned by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition finds that scaling up the local health workforce in West Africa is a cost-effective investment to help end the Ebola epidemic, restore essential health services, and build the resilient workforce needed to tackle future threats. 

Pape Gaye Addresses US Senate Committee on the International Response to Ebola
Gaye urges the US to invest in the local health workforces at the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs hearing, “The Ebola Epidemic: The Keys to Success for the International Response.”

CNN Features mHero, an Ebola Response Tool by IntraHealth and Partners
In the article "Battling Ebola: The African Responses that 'Will Win this War'," CNN features mHero as one of the most effective ways African nations are responding to Ebola. »

Politico: Mobile Tools Could Be Vital in Ebola Fight
Dykki Settle, IntraHealth's director of health workforce informatics, shares with Politico how the new mobile platform called mHero can make a difference in Liberia's fight against Ebola.


VITAL Opinions

As Ebola Transmissions End in Guinea, What about the Heroes Left Behind?
Margarite Nathe, senior editor/writer, IntraHealth International
The WHO announced today that Ebola transmissions have ended in Guinea. Now a new kind of hard work begins.

As Spirits Rise in Sierra Leone, Technology Offers More than Ebola Recovery
Amanda Puckett BenDor, technical advisor, IntraHealth International
Sierra Leone is becoming the third country to adopt a mobile phone-based platform called mHero for Ebola recovery and beyond.

In Liberia, Ebola’s Effects on Mental Health Are Real—Even if We Don’t Yet Know Them
Emily Nicholson, senior program officer, IntraHealth International
According to the WHO, 163,000 Liberians are at risk of severe mental illness. That's one reason the government is using mHero to make suicide prevention a priority. 

Amidst Ebola Crisis, Coordination and Long-Term Thinking Pay Off
Leah McManus, program officer, IntraHealth International
mHero started as a way to combat Ebola, but Liberia plans to use it for the long run. 

Will This Be Our Decade of Data Use?
Pape Gaye, president & CEO, IntraHealth International
Should we continue rushing headlong into developing fancy new gadgets and software? Or should we organize the data we’ve collected and use them to scale up solutions we know work?

If Ebola Comes, Kenya Will Be Ready
Allison Foster, Mathew Thuku, and Isaac Munene, IntraHealth International
Kenya's got the processes in place to help health workers provide excellent care—now or in an emergency.

From West Africa to South Korea, No Pause between Outbreaks
Allison Foster (senior advisor for human resources for health) and Aanjalie Collure (communications fellow), IntraHealth International
As nurses gather in Seoul for the 2015 ICN Conference, an outbreak of MERS poses a new global health security threat.

Ebola Changed Everything
Laura Hoemeke, director of communications & advocacy, IntraHealth International
The 68th World Health Assembly made it clear that Ebola has fundamentally changed the direction of global health discourse.

The mHero Story
Amanda Puckett, technical advisor, IntraHealth International
This mobile technology is connecting people and making health systems stronger amid West Africa's ongoing Ebola outbreak—and its story is just beginning.

Digital Jedis, Social Entrepreneurs, and the Real Heroes of Global Health
Margarite Nathe, senior editor/writer, IntraHealth International
In April, hundreds of participants from all over the world gathered in North Carolina for SwitchPoint, all looking for forces to join, partnerships to forge, and good to do.

As Ebola Resurges in Guinea, So Do Government Efforts to Quash It
Dr. Kayode Odusote, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Outside the Conakry airport, travelers shake hands, hug, and kiss one another on the cheeks. You might not know there's an epidemic going on.

mHero May Be the Tech Response to Ebola that Liberia's Health Workers Need
Priscilla Chomba-Kinywa, UNICEF, and Leah McManus, IntraHealth International
The Liberian government is teaming up with international NGOs and others to make mHero a reality.

From Guinea: The Doors Shut by Ebola are Starting to Open
Amanda Puckett, technical advisor, IntraHealth International
Government and international aid workers alike are collaborating to address Ebola in Guinea, but challenges remain.

In Sierra Leone, Life and Health Systems Grind to a Halt as Ebola Rages On
Mohamed Jallow (grants officer) and Margarite Nathe (senior editor/writer), IntraHealth International
Sierra Leonean Mohamed Jallow talks with VITAL about day-to-day life in his home country as it reels from the Ebola crisis.

More Support Needed for Local Health Workers Responding to Ebola, Advocates Say
Tom Murphy, reporter, Humanosphere
Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone shared a big problem even before Ebola struck: a severe health workforce shortage.

Uganda Brings Ebola Expertise to the West African Response
Vincent Oketcho, Uganda country director, IntraHealth International
Ugandan health workers are heading to West Africa to share what they've learned from the country’s four outbreaks in 15 years.

Why Health Workers Are TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year
The Editorial Team, IntraHealth International
The American magazine has named Ebola fighters as their person of the year. They couldn’t have made a better choice.

A Return to Monrovia in the Time of Ebola
Leah McManus, program officer, IntraHealth International
Wash hands, take temperature, no touching. It's a day-to-day mantra in Liberia as country leaders forge partnerships to end Ebola.

Invent Nothing, Adapt Everything
David Potenziani, senior informatics advisor, IntraHealth International
Health workers need clear, simple, reliable information on Ebola. That's where the new Ebola Resources for Health Workers comes in.

To Eradicate HIV by 2030, We Must Invest in Health Workers
Richard Seifman, senior consultant for the IntraHealth International-led CapacityPlus project
Decades of HIV response have shown us that the solution to any global health emergency—including Ebola—lies with health workers.

Can the Global Fund Help Address New Health Challenges?
Richard Seifman, senior consultant for the IntraHealth International-led CapacityPlus project
Richard Seifman explains why he thinks the Global Fund's role could be expanded to help fight Ebola.

Why Nigeria’s Response to Ebola Succeeded
Sarah Dwyer, communications manager, IntraHealth International
Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu shares how Nigeria's government, ministries, health workers, and religious leaders took immediate action and stopped the spread of Ebola.

In West Africa’s Ebola Crisis, a Mobile Phone-Based Hero for Health Workers 
Amanda Puckett, technical advisor for HRH and knowledge management, IntraHealth International
Liberian health officials can send accurate data and key messages to health workers on Ebola's front lines, thanks to mHero.

For Health Workers on Ebola's Front Lines, Stress Management is Crucial
John Liebhardt, digital librarian, HRH Global Resource Center, IntraHealth International
Under pressure of long hours, short staffing, and the growth of a deadly disease, how can health workers stay safe and effective?

In the Ongoing Ebola Crisis, Emergency Aid Is Not Enough
Pape Gaye, president & CEO, IntraHealth International
Whenever we provide aid, we must ask ourselves: How can we make a positive impact not only today, but for years to come?

Health Workers Pay the Ultimate Price in the Fight against Ebola
Mohamed Jallow, grants officer, IntraHealth International
In Sierra Leone, Ebola virus has claimed the lives of 40 frontline health workers. And it's taking a toll on West Africa's health systems.

Kenya: Health Workers and the Reality of Ebola Virus
Meshack Ndolo, country director, Kenya, IntraHealth International
Meshack Ndolo, IntraHealth’s country director in Kenya, discusses in The Star, one of Kenya's daily newspapers, how national leadership, strong health systems, and prepared health workforces are fundamental to every country’s ability to protect the health of its citizens.