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Marsh issues Ebola planning advice for organizations

As the World Bank announces that it has created a US $200 million emergency fund to help contain the spread of Ebola infections, Marsh Risk Consulting has provided organizations with a check list of actions that can be taken to prevent and prepare for future possible Ebola related issues.

MRC recommends that you and your organization consider the following:

  • Monitor developments via the websites of the WHO, CDC, your national health authority, and local health authorities.
  • Educate yourself and colleagues about Ebola’s transmission and infection-control measures.
  • Unless it is business-critical, consider curtailing travel to affected countries or locations.
  • Review company travel, hygiene, and medical screening policies, as well as policies on anti-virals and health support.
  • Review methods for providing ongoing information about a pandemic threat, infection prevention, and the status of business operations to employees at work and at home.
  • Address the continuity requirements of any vital processes that must be maintained for the normal operation of the organization, or a vulnerable central location such as a call center or outsourced manufacturing site.
  • Review the corporate structure necessary to manage the impact and consequences of a pandemic event.
  • Confirm that crisis management and business continuity plans include detailed pandemic protocols and that needed technology, infrastructure, and other requirements are addressed in advance.

Personal protective measures:

  • If you are considering travel to affected areas, you may want to reconsider your itinerary or plans, especially if you are ill immediately prior to your travel dates.
  • If you are in an affected area, avoid high-risk activities such as contact with ill people or the bodies of people who have died from Ebola, with sick or dead wildlife, or with bushmeat.
  • Pay strict attention to hygiene. Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact with an obviously sick person.
  • Be aware that screening and isolation measures are already or may be put into place. Travelers suspected of being sick or in contact with an infected person could be quarantined.
  • If you get sick in any affected country and have symptoms similar to Ebola (i.e., malaria), it may prove more difficult than usual to travel regionally or internationally for medical treatment. Also, if you happen to fall ill while traveling, avoid medical facilities treating Ebola cases.
  • Authorities could close down borders to combat the disease, thereby stranding you or other colleagues in country.
  • If you travel to a suspect area or come in contact with a suspect person or contaminated object, monitor your health and seek medical attention if you feel sick (i.e., fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes).

More details and further resources:

•Date: 5th August 2014 • Africa/World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

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