This is a modular training, targeting health workers deployed to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit/Center (ETU/ETC) or to prepare and support health centres and hospital outpatient departments for safe Ebola surveillance. The course is suitable for both expatriates and national staff, working at their own institution or deployed within their own country. Clinicians attending the course should have basic medical or nursing skills. This is a modular training course with the following sections:
- Ebola overview: biology, this outbreak, new treatments
- Strategies to stop Ebola transmission
- Infection prevention and control for the clinical team
- PPE for Ebola
- Screening and overall organization of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU)
- Clinical care in the ETU
- Collecting blood samples from a suspect or confirmed Ebola patient
- Health worker preparation for work in an Ebola outbreak
- Cleaning and disinfection protocol for Ebola
- Environmental cleaning, linen management, waste management
- Dead body management in the facility
The training/mentoring curriculum in preparation for ETU work addresses both case management and infection prevention and control and is designed for the full ETU team, both clinicians and cleaners/hygienists, dead body managers within the facility, and sprayers. It is delivered in 3 phases:
- Phase 1: didactic training with skill stations for handwashing, PPE donning and doffing, solving clinical cases (3 days)
- Phase 2: simulated patient in mock ETU (2 days)
- Phase 3: mentored introduction to work in an ETU.
Two additional modules support outpatient safe surveillance and isolation of Ebola suspects:
- Preparing health centre, health post, or hospital outpatient for Ebola surveillance- in Ebola affected countries
- Preparing health centre, health post, or hospital outpatient for Ebola surveillance- in at-risk countries o
This entails encouraging all front-line health workers to ask about travel and to expand their differential diagnosis of common presenting symptoms (fever, diarrhoea) to include Ebola. The training course is based on the WHO VHF Pocket Guide (Clinical Management of Patients with Viral Haemorrhagic Fever: A Pocket Guide for the Front-line Health Worker- Interim emergency guidance- generic draft for West African adaptation 30 March 2014) and draws from the WHO IMAI (Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult) Quick Check training and the expertise of clinicians deployed through WHO GOARN and MSF. The course will be taught using the wallcharts and initially powerpoints; group discussion; case studies; skill stations; and practical exercises including putting on and removing personal protection equipment. The first draft of the course will be ready for use 1 August 2014 then will be iteratively improved with use. It will be followed by on-site clinical mentoring and availability of remote clinical consultation by mobile phone. The training course has been produced by the IMAI Alliance, based on a contract with WHO Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases.
How to access WHO Ebola Clinical Team Training
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information to request an invitation to the WHO West Africa Ebola Virus Disease Response Training site.
When you are invited you will receive an email titled “Your access to community WHO West Africa Ebola Virus Disease Response Training.” To access the site and set up a password please click the link in the email.
If you are already an EZ collab member, go to ezcollab.who.int and enter your email and use your prior password. If you do not know your password, click on lost password. For WHO staff, enter your WHO email.
Once in the site, click ‘Library’ to access WHO Ebola Clinical Team Training documents.