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Ebola Preparedness Training Available Online

Health workers can grab quick refresher course

The medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres [MSF]) has launched an online training program aimed at helping health workers involved in the current Ebola outbreak.

The organization, which has played a key role in fighting the disease that has killed approximately 5,000 people, said its training platform was “available to anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of the virus and how it can be contained.”

Since the epidemic began in West Africa late last year, more than 700 MSF staff members have travelled to hard-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and they have trained nearly 3,000 people locally in how to safely fight the spread of the deadly virus.

MSF has also, by itself and jointly with the Red Cross, been running theoretical and practical training programs for hundreds of aid workers heading into Ebola-hit areas, showing them, for instance, how to safely put on and remove the layers of protective gear needed when working with Ebola patients.

MSF has built up a core of experts through its work addressing previous, smaller outbreaks of the virus. The organization said it wanted to ensure that this knowledge was spread more widely to allow others to develop similar expertise. Therefore, the group announced that it is “now offering doctors, nurses, health educators, and psychologists from all the organizations involved in the Ebola fight an interactive course on the virus.”

The aim of the e-briefing is to provide clear information about Ebola, how it spreads, and the difficulties of managing the virus, MSF said.

The online training module consists of the following chapters:

  • History of Ebola
  • Characteristics of the Disease
  • Anthropology
  • Mindful Behavior
  • Outbreak Intervention Strategies
  • Ebola Management Center
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • The Importance of Psychosocial Support
  • Health Promotion
  • The Cured Patient

Sources: MedicalXpress; November 11, 2014; and MSF e-Campus; November 11, 2014.

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