Strengthening healthcare workforce capacity during and post Ebola outbreaks in Liberia: an innovative and effective approach to epidemic preparedness and response

Philip Bemah, April Baller, Catherine Cooper, Moses Massaquoi, Laura Skrip, Julius Monday Rude, Anthony Twyman, Phiona Moses, Redda Seifeldin, Kanagasabai Udhayashankar, Kayla Enrique, Michelle Niescierenko, Chantelle Owen, Lauren Brown, Bonkoungou Boukaré, Desmond Williams, Tolbert Nyenswah, Francis Kateh, Bernice Dahn, Alex GasasiraIbrahima Socé Fall

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Abstract

Introduction: The 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia highlighted the importance of robust preparedness measures for a well-coordinated response; the initially delayed response contributed to the steep incidence of cases, infections among health care workers, and a collapse of the health care system. To strengthen local capacity and combat disease transmission, various healthcare worker (HCW) trainings, including the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) training, safe & quality services (SQS) training and rapid response team (RRT), were developed and implemented between 2014 and 2017. Methods: Data from the ETU, SQS and RRT trainings were analyzed to determine knowledge and confidence gained. Results: The ETU, SQS and RRT training were completed by a total of 21,248 participants. There were improvements in knowledge and confidence, an associated reduction in HCWs infection and reduced response time to subsequent public health events. Conclusion: No infections were reported by healthcare workers in Liberia since the completion of these training programs. HCW training programmes initiated during and post disease outbreak can boost public trust in the health system while providing an entry point for establishing an Epidemic Preparedness and Response (EPR) framework in resource-limited settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe Pan African medical journal
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Ebola outbreak
  • Healthcare workforce capacity
  • epidemic preparedness response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Bemah, P., Baller, A., Cooper, C., Massaquoi, M., Skrip, L., Rude, J. M., Twyman, A., Moses, P., Seifeldin, R., Udhayashankar, K., Enrique, K., Niescierenko, M., Owen, C., Brown, L., Boukaré, B., Williams, D., Nyenswah, T., Kateh, F., Dahn, B., ... Fall, I. S. (2019). Strengthening healthcare workforce capacity during and post Ebola outbreaks in Liberia: an innovative and effective approach to epidemic preparedness and response. The Pan African medical journal, 33. https://doi.org/10.11604/pamj.supp.2019.33.2.17619