Infectious diseases remain the overwhelming cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. A fundamental missing piece in prevention and control of epidemics and pandemics is a strong policy framework for public health activities across sectors. Due in part to health workforce shortages, leadership responsibilities have been assigned throughout the systems to professionals who have a limited opportunity for training in policy formulation and implementation. Chatham House is uniquely positioned to work with the ascending leadership in West Africa to close this skill gap.
Today, 3 September 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on 22 July 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.
Many efforts exerted on ground to contain the Ebola outbreak since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 24 May 2014 , As of today Sierra Leon discharged the last Ebola case on 24 August 2015 it is the first day for the whole country to go with no Ebola patient. None at all. This in effect marks the beginning of the 42 days countdown and if no transmission occurs until after the 42nd day, this outbreak will be declared over by the world health organization in the country.