Volume 23, Number 7—July 2017
Operational Research during the Ebola Emergency
|Pillar of Ebola outbreak control
||Key questions for operational research
|Isolation of cases and supportive medical and mental health care in dedicated ETCs
||Is it possible to provide isolation for case-patients outside the ETC setting, such as in the community?|
|Survivors of Ebola can suffer from physical and psychological side effects. How can their follow-up care be most effectively carried out?|
||Which methods of contact tracing can provide the most comprehensive, relevant, and timely data in the field setting?
|Raising awareness in the community
||What novel methods of communications should be used for raising awareness and promoting health?
|A functioning surveillance and alert system
||How can communities be convinced to participate in the alert system in an effective manner?
|Infection control in communities and ETCs
||For how long does Ebola virus remain infectious in the environment of ETCs and the houses of case-patients?
|Maintaining healthcare for non-Ebola patients||What is the efficacy, efficiency, safety, and feasibility of triage systems in non-Ebola health structures?|
*ETC, Ebola treatment center.