Nutritional care for patients with Ebola virus disease in Ebola treatment units : past and current experiences
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Nutritional care for patients with Ebola virus disease in Ebola treatment units : past and current experiences

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      The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa from March 2014 until June 2016, affecting multiple countries, in particular, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone [1]. The scale of the outbreak resulted in United Nations agencies issuing new or updated guidelines on care and treatment of EVD patients. In November 2014, the WHO, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP), produced interim guidelines (iGL) on providing nutritional support to patients in Ebola treatment units (ETUs) [2]. These guidelines aimed to address nutritional needs and optimal nutritional care in the current Ebola crisis, with a particular focus on the practical aspects of the care within ETUs for EVD patients.

      Since the onset of the 2018-2019 EVD outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the 2014 iGL have been translated into French and issued by the Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and WHO in adapted versions. However, to date, there is limited literature available on the impact the WHO/UNICEF/WFP iGL have had on the nutritional support and care of EVD patients.

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