Battling Ebola: The Road to Zero

Since last fall, new Ebola cases
Across West Africa
have declined significantly

But the United States will not stop fighting the virus until it is contained.

“Our focus now is getting to zero. Because as long as there is even one case of Ebola that’s active out there, risks still exist. Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire. So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.”
—President Barack Obama

Liberia has reached zero,
Sierra Leone is moving in the right direction, and
Guinea has the longest way left to go.

On the road to zero new infections, the Impact blog has been chronicling USAID’s role in helping end this historic public health crisis.

We’re fighting Ebola by increasing and improving isolation and treatment of Ebola cases, strengthening infection prevention and control—including providing safe and dignified burials, and launching information and behavior change campaigns.


Getting to zero

Ebola treatment ward

Fighting Fears

Public tours of an Ebola treatment center in Guinea ease worries of a community on edge.

Weathering the Storm

Dispelling Rumors

Guinea’s radio journalists set the record straight about efforts to respond to this historic public health crisis.

Sharing Out to Move Out of Poverty in Malawi

BRINGING REINFORCEMENTS

Shipping much-needed supplies to help Ebola-fighting health workers keep spaces sanitized.

As new Ebola cases dwindle in much of West Africa, our response is shifting to rebuilding health systems, restoring people’s trust in government, finding more effective ways to communicate with the public, and jumpstarting the economy.

The Road Ahead

STRENGTHENING HEALTH SYSTEMS

Re-establishing critical health services—from vaccines to vitamins—and building stronger health systems.

Weathering the Storm

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

Helping children return to school, parents get back to work, get markets up and running.

Sharing Out to Move Out of Poverty in Malawi

REOPENING BORDERS

Screening for Ebola along reopened borders to allow business to resume.

Our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response reflect on their work fighting the largest and most protracted Ebola epidemic in history.

Humanitarian Heroes

Photo Credit: Morgana Wingard

‘I’VE NEVER HAD A JOB LIKE THIS’

An American nurse talks about volunteering at a USAID-supported Ebola treatment unit in Liberia.

Photo Credit: Morgana Wingard

‘WE HAVE TO DEMYSTIFY EBOLA’

A USAID public health advisor assesses the Ebola outbreak in the early stages of the epidemic.

Photo Credit: Morgana Wingard

AFRAID OF NOTHING EXCEPT EBOLA

A veteran in humanitarian disaster assistance faces her fears on the front lines of the U.S. Ebola response.