There is a very informative TED talk on beating Ebola by Bruce Aylward (albeit recorded in Dec 14 – I have just found it) – you can see his profile on the TED site. If you are interested in this topic then this is definately worth watching. Dr Aylward says there are 4 strategies that have been proven in fighting the disease, they are:
1. Communities must understand what Ebola is and how it spreads and how to stop it
2. Have systems that can find every single case and track contacts to stop transmission
3. We need special treatment centres for Ebola where workers can be protected to provide support to those who are infected
4. For those who die we must have a safe and dignified burial procedure to stop transmission at that stage.
These strategies have worked in Nigeria and they have used across wider country outbreaks – but due to scale in the 3 west african nations, they were turned on their head. The strategy was to rapidly treat in treatment centres and bury safely to slow the spread. He makes the point that resources are needed as ever, until the job is done and as the media drift away there is the risk of complacency. He appeals for your advocacy on this point.
Here is the link [TED talk on beating Ebola]