A strategy to defeat a major ebola outbreak in west Africa has been developed by 11 countries affected by the disease. Ebola has already claimed the lives of 467 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and hundreds more are at serious risk if the outbreak is not dealth with.
The World Health Organised arranged the meeting in Ghana to co-ordinate efforts to combat the disease. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general of health security, was optimistic about the strategy’s outcome: “I really hope to see a turnaround where we begin to see a decrease in cases in the next several weeks.”
There has been some resistance to WHO involvement in areas affected by the outbreak, with health centres being forced to close over security fears.