Resources following Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, Evidence Aid is working with partners in the disaster community to compile evidence-based resources that might help. These will be refreshed as information is gathered through an ongoing needs assessment.

The following is a list of Ebola resource sites with brief synopses of what each data bank provides:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Concise infographic regarding contraction, symptoms and spread of Ebola: cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/west-africa-outbreak-infographic.pdf

The Lancet, Ebola Resource Centre – Frequently updated hub of research, reviews, editorials and public discourse on Ebola: ebola.thelancet.com/

Public Health England – Clinical management and guidance on Ebola: gov.uk/government/collections/ebola-virus-disease-clinical-management-and-guidance

Science Media Centre – Round-ups and briefings of Ebola in the media: sciencemediacentre.org/?s=ebola&cat

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) – Disaster Information Management Research Center, Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources: disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and participating publishers to provide free access to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. The free access period is August 12, 2014 – November 14, 2014. Access the literature here:  eai.nlm.nih.gov/docs/captcha/test.pl?url

The NLM news article on the launch of EAI offers several resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola: nlm.nih.gov/news/ebola_emergency_access.html

World Health Organization (WHO) – Information resources covering several topics including: preparedness and response, infection control and patient care: who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/en/

WHO Africa office – Epidemic & Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR) Ebola feature: afro.who.int/en/clusters-a-programmes/dpc/epidemic-a-pandemic-alert-and-response/epr-highlights/4164-ebola-virus-disease-in-west-africa.html