Ebola Prevention

In 2014, the GoG requested UN assistance to support the National Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Plan (on Ebola). A joint project was launched at the end of 2014, engaging eleven UN agencies.

The EVD Support Programme was structured according to the national plan prioritising five thematic areas: surveillance and situation monitoring; social mobilisation and risk communication; case management and infection prevention; coordination and advocacy; and logistics, security and financial resources.

As the risk of the Ebola epidemic subsided, project activities shifted to preparing for possible future epidemics and adding value to larger-scale support provided by Development Partners to GoG, including through UN agencies (primarily WHO and UNICEF).

An EVD Preparedness Checklist developed by WHO to help countries identify priority areas for intervention and track overall EVD preparedness indicated that Ghana had completed 64% of the activities on the EVD Preparedness Checklist as of 23 October 2015, up from 27% in November 2014.

Despite being identified as a high-risk country during the worst EVD outbreak in history, Ghana did not record a single confirmed EVD case. Considerable progress has been made in surveillance and preparedness which have not only contributed to this successful outcome, but which will benefit Ghana in the face of potential future health hazards. Recognising the need for vigilance, EVD preparedness activities continue, but with the immediate risk subsiding, the focus has shifted to an integrated approach to broader health system strengthening for public health emergency preparedness.