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Words of appreciation/ closing the Ebola Response community on GHDonline

By Masoud Dara, MD Moderator | 10 Mar, 2016

Dear Ebola Response community members,

Thank you for being a member of the Ebola Response community on GHDonline. In 2014, GHDonline opened the Ebola Response community as a short-term solution for supporting our colleagues in West Africa and those working remotely, coordinating logistics for research and response. January 2016 marked the first time since the start of the epidemic two years ago that Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone–the three hardest-hit countries–have reported zero cases for at least 42 days.

While efforts to strengthen health systems in these countries are ongoing, we plan to archive the Ebola Response community on GHDonline. This means that while membership will be closed and no new content can be posted to the community after it is archived, all content will be available for reading, searching, and recommending.

We would like to thank all members for their truly global collaboration in this effort, and extend our deepest respect and gratitude to our colleagues in West Africa for their efforts and sacrifices.

All the best,
On behalf of Ebola Response community Moderators
The GHDonline Team



Mulbah Tokpah Replied at 4:00 PM, 10 Mar 2016

Thanks to you and partners for all your support and all you did to highlight the Ebola crisis in our three sisterly countries that galvanized some international supports that helped us deal with the Ebola crisis thus bringing some reliefs and survival to us. For us in Liberia, we say " Thank you yah" for a job well done.

Mulbah M. Tokpah

chris macrae Replied at 6:31 PM, 10 Mar 2016

why is it being closed? - ghastly as ebola was it has been part of sustainability's biggest learnings ever

never again will health solutions be directed only around there is one most expensive best solutions- even a non medical citizen like me could see hw a space suit may be perfect in an air conditioned most expensive hospital- if you are out in a humid field with no electricity etc it was the least practical design

i dont know where this all is leading (dont young professionals need to keep on questioning) but i heard that amongst other things it led to USAIDs first ever hackathon in which china collaboratively participated and youth had many ideas elders had not

and if it doesnt lead at last mile nurses and health servants being valued as the foundation of global health -and indeed a web of life critical apps- then I dint know what ever will but i do know in that case we may as well tear up every UN sustainability goal

chris macrae washingtn dc 240 316 8157

chris macrae Replied at 9:13 PM, 10 Mar 2016

ebola is asos the source of the some of the most valuable learning yet in video web

Vivian Huang, MD, MPH Replied at 12:24 AM, 11 Mar 2016

As a clinician that was on the ground at the tail end of this epidemic and saw the consequences of delayed response, I also ask why this community is being closed?

Indeed, we have come a long way in the past 2 years and the "worst" may be over, however, there is still so much we do not know about the survivors including post-Ebola complications (ie joint and eye disturbances, survival of Ebola in semen, and many other questions), effectiveness of the Ebola vaccine and progress on expedited FDA approval, and rebuilding of the healthcare systems infrastructure.

Will there be another community opened which can address the aftermath and Post-Ebola in West Africa? I would still like to learn about what is currently going on there in terms of research, capacity building, prevention, and more. Also, there seems to be sporadic cases that still emerge, and also what has happened to the healthcare workers that have survived Ebola?

I hope that GHDonline will consider a place on this platform for us all to continue to the dialogue on how not to have this repeated again in history, however sadly, I believe we have another virus (Zika) which is causing severe morbidity and suffering in the world.

Many thanks,

Vivian Huang, MD, MPH

Masoud Dara, MD Moderator Replied at 1:02 AM, 11 Mar 2016

Dear all,

Thank you for your supporting words as well as your questions on the rational of closing the Ebola community. The world changes rapidly, so does the global health issues, GHDOnline provides a range of communities through which the discussion on post Ebola crisis, R&D and most importantly resilience topics will be pursued. Not having an Ebola specific community does not mean we wont be discussing these, but it encourages us to share valuable experiences with other communities and interact with them.

Elizabeth Glaser Moderator Emeritus Replied at 1:36 AM, 11 Mar 2016

It might be good to have an emerging infectious diseases community to allow an evolving discussion about topics that include Ebola, Zika, and dengue etc.

Elizabeth Glaser Moderator Emeritus Replied at 1:42 AM, 11 Mar 2016

As a moderator of this group I want to point out that I was not informed about this decision and found out at the same time as the rest of you , when Masoud sent out the email.
However, if I had been asked, I would have agreed that we may need to close the group but also consider how to continue the discussion.

Elizabeth Glaser Moderator Emeritus Replied at 1:58 AM, 11 Mar 2016

Lastly, thank you for helping us learn - those of you that did this work day after day, especially the clinicians in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Unlike those of us in the US and Europe, the workers from West Africa had to deal with illness and death at work and in the community every day, and that risk remains true today. Many health care workers gave their lives and many more risked their lives in caring for others. I am honored to have met you online or in person, when I briefly served in Liberia, and hope that we may have been of some service to you during this time.


Isabelle Celentano Replied at 10:10 AM, 11 Mar 2016

Hi all,

I thought it might be helpful for us to share some resources before archiving the community.

Our colleagues at HGHI ran an EdX course, “Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic”. You can enroll in the virtual course to view the material and discussions, and to stay informed on when the course will run again. Access the course here:

Our partner site,, also has timely news and updates on Ebola, Zika, and other infectious diseases. Visit the “Infectious Disease” category on Global Health Hub here:

To continue discussing Ebola on GHDonline, feel free to post in our other public communities such as the Population Health, Health IT, or Global Health Nursing & Midwiferies communities. You can find a full list of GHDonline public communities here:

Although the Ebola Response community will be closed for future discussion, all of the discussions, replies, and resources shared will always be available to members. Do others have resources on Ebola or other infectious diseases that they would like to share?


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