Ebola outbreak


News on Ebola

Midwifery students listen to a fetal heartbeat. A new generation of midwives will shore up reproductive health care in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone. © Olivia Acland, United Nations
19 June 2017 One year after Ebola’s end, Sierra Leone's midwives help mend health system
The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.
Volunteer James S. Yangbie leads a discussion at the health club he started at Kaytoken Junior High. Talented youth volunteers are meeting reproductive health needs in Liberia, where conflict and the Ebola epidemic had left the health system shattered. © UNFPA/Ruth Fertig
1 July 2016 Young volunteers meet critical reproductive health needs in Liberia
Jackie knows about heartbreak. She became pregnant in the ninth grade and was forced to leave school. Then, when her baby was nearly two years old, she suddenly fell sick. “I took her to the clinic. But when I came back...
Condoms are critical for preventing sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and – in Ebola-affected countries like Liberia – the Ebola virus. © UNFPA/Nordic Office
1 July 2015 Ebola prompts efforts to boost condom use in Liberia
The Ebola epidemic has dramatically underscored the importance of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted infections. UNFPA and partners have launched a campaign in Liberia aiming to reach 1.5 million people with...



An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus was reported in Guinea in March 2014, and it quickly spread to nearby countries. Tens of thousands of people were infected, and thousands died. But the impact of the disease was even broader: Strained health systems left many without access to essential health services, including reproductive health care.

UNFPA is working with partners to bring the outbreak under control and to ensure reproductive health services remain available. In the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UNFPA has supported contact tracing efforts and provided emergency reproductive health kits, clean delivery kits, blood transfusion sets, and other critical equipment.

Progress has been made: In May 2015, the Liberia was declared Ebola-free. Still, the condition of health systems remains a serious concern. UNFPA’s Mano River Midwifery Response is recruiting hundreds of midwives to help restore reproductive health services in all the hardest-hit countries.

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Situation reports and resources

1000s of lives saved during Ebola outbreak
The unprecedented 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak captured the world’s attention. The international community, led by the UN, demonstrated its capacity to respond effectively and efficiently. The UN and its partners...
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - January 2015 update
This infographic shows UNFPA's response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in West Africa
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - November 2014 update
This infographic shows UNFPA's response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in West Africa