Ebola in Context Understanding Transmission, Response and Control
This page contains a series of downloadable resources and learning activities from the School's Ebola in Context course. The material was originally delivered as a free online course in January, April and August 2015 on the FutureLearn platform. Additional information about the course and its contributors can be found on the School website.
The material is broken down into teaching weeks, topic-focused activities and learning steps. Individual steps are presented in a variety of different ways, and may be vehicles for delivering content, discussion opportunities, or informal assessment tasks. The material available on this page does not represent a course experience, and is intended for free, open re-use by educators.
Course developers: Professor Judith Glynn, Megan Kill & Joanna Stroud
Week 1 activities describe the Ebola virus, the course of the 2014/15 outbreak and its context, control procedures, and the principles and practices of reducing transmission.
Welcome to the course on Ebola in Context. Understand the key principles that underlie infectious disease spread, and the role of context in determining transmission and shaping the control efforts in the Ebola outbreak. Image: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Understand what Ebola does, modes of transmission, the first outbreak, and why this outbreak is different. Image: Ebola virus by CDC Global. CC BY 2.0. / Archive newspaper article from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp.
Activity: Transmission: measuring and experiencing an epidemic
Understand the key factors that determine the transmissibility of an infectious disease, how we measure these factors, and the consequences of a rapidly increasing epidemic. Image: Ebola web map by Simon B Johnson / OpenStreetMap.
Week 2 activities cover how we can reduce the rate of transmission and the number of deaths caused by Ebola.
Activity: Reducing transmission: what works?
Understand the principles of reducing effective contacts, appreciate the problems of implementing control procedures, and understand ongoing and innovative intervention strategies. Image: Catherine McGowan. CC BY 2.0.
Activity: How can we reduce the deaths? Treatments and survival
Understand how to measure case fatality rates, the limits and problems of existing treatments, and the experiences of patients and health care workers. Image: Kerry Town ETU in Sierra Leone by DFID. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Understand how to work out the potential population level impact of a vaccine, the progress being made in vaccine development, and the issues in conducting vaccine trials. Image: Syringe and vaccine by PATH. CC BY 2.0.
Activity: The future and the wider impact: where is the epidemic going?
Understand how models are used, the wider, long-term impacts of the outbreak and the importance of health system strengthening. Image: six year old Ebola survivor Patrick Poopei by #ISurvived Ebola. CC BY-SA 2.0.