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WHO: Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

WHO: Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

Call for critical care and infectious disease specialists

The recent Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Guinea and neighbouring countries Sierra Leone and Liberia has more than 112 suspected cases, with upwards of 70 deaths to date. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing a coordinating role and supplying technical and clinical support. In the coming weeks and months, a limited number of critical care and infectious diseases specialists will be needed. These specialists should with the ability to travel to affected countries on behalf of WHO, have experience in resource-challenged settings, and be proficient in French as Guinea is a predominantly French-speaking country.

The role of these specialists may involve some direct clinical care, but mainly would involve providing consultative clinical technical support to clinicians in affected regions. The deployment would be expected to be for an indeterminate number of weeks, and will involve working in difficult conditions with limited resources. The role would be as a temporary consultant to WHO, and there would be travel, lodging and modest per diem expenses covered but no salary.

The exact terms of reference follow:

The expert will work under the coordination of Ministry of Health/WHO emergency crisis committee and WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) international outbreak response Team Lead to provide technical support and inputs on clinical management:

1)  Set up a system for emergency triage at healthcare facilities by training healthcare workers, hospital management and auxiliaries (WHO Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) Quick Check + Emergency Triage and Treatment Training)

2)  Provide on-site technical assistance in caring patients with VHF (critical care including sepsis management, life support, etc. based on internationally recognized evidence-based guidance).

3)  Support national and local health authorities to develop and communicate messages on clinical features with the medical and health communities and effective behaviours.

4)  Coordinate with MSF and other clinical partners on the ground to document clinical features and case management of the patients with VHF.

Interested individuals should forward a CV, with accompanying note to Dr. Nikki Shindo (shindon@who.int). Please include any questions and potential availability.

PHOTO CREDIT: World Health Organisation (WHO) - Photo Library - Christina Banluta 

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