Lessons learnt for public health from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa – how to improve preparedness and response in the EU for future outbreaks

12 Oct 2015 - 14 Oct 2015
European Commission, Luxembourg Presidency

The aim of this conference was to identify learning points arising from the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015 in West Africa.

The conference was organised by the European Commission together with the Luxembourg Presidency.  

The outcomes of the conference informed conclusions of the Health Council in December 2015. The results were also incorporated in the report on the lessons learnt from Ebola to be presented to the European Council.

Following the opening session, the four parallel workshops of the conference analysed:

- the Ebola outbreak as a complex crisis: the EU response and inter-sectorial cooperation,
- best practices for treatment and prevention including protection of health care workers, medical evacuation, diagnostic methods and vaccines,
- communication activities and strategies addressed to the public and health professionals,
- Ebola epidemic from a local challenge to a global health security issue.

The conference brought together invited participants from health authorities and experts from EU Member States, EU bodies, international and non-governmental organisations that have been involved in the response in West Africa as well as in preparedness and response in the EU.

The conference was attended by Dr Andrea Ammon, ECDC Acting Director, and other ECDC staff members.

Read more about the conference on EC website