Educational resources for volunteers responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa

RedCrossEbolaScreenShot650x300smVideo screen shot of Red Cross personnel supporting the global effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak. (Story by Richard Chu)

Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada continue to support the global effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As of November 19, 2014, there have been nearly 15,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease reported in six countries in West Africa.

The Red Cross continues to appeal for personnel from a wide range of health-related professions from nurses and physicians to psychological and social support workers, water and sanitation engineers, and infection prevention and control workers.

To ensure the safety of its personnel and volunteers, Red Cross responders receive specific and intensive Ebola training that includes proper protection measures. To support those who are considering responding to the call, there are several free online JIBC courses available that can help prepare responders for deployment:

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is also offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that begins January 19, 2015 called Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control. This course is geared for both healthcare students, current healthcare professionals and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the science behind the Ebola outbreak and response.

“Over the years, JIBC students, graduates, staff and faculty have volunteered in medical and disaster responses around the globe,” said Kathy Harms, JIBC’s Health Sciences Division Director. “There is a growing body of educational resources developed specifically for supporting humanitarian response and responder wellness in the field. We are pleased to offer some of these resources to the current wave of volunteers who are responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.”

For the latest information about Ebola outbreak, visit the World Health Organization website.

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