Ebola Response

Deaths to health workers accounted for six percent of all deaths confirmed as due to EVD, even to the end of the outbreaks. Over 500 health workers, including members of PSI affiliated unions, were killed in the line of duty. PSI is actively lobbying national governments, the ILO and WHO and working with health and allied care workers in our unions to rebuild health systems that can resist future outbreaks in the context of universal access to essential healthcare, which is the core of the post-2015 agenda for health.

Work on the ground: three national action plans

10 August 2016
PSI-WAHSUN Conference on Ebola, November 2014.

The kick-off of our activities was a large consultation meeting in Ghana with the health unions from the three most affected countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. After an exercise on union challenges, opportunities and priorities, the unions started working on the analysis of their own national situation and the elaboration of a national action plan for their union.[This article is an extract from the 2016 update "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Missing wages, hazard fees and family support

10 August 2016
Photo: UNICEF Guinea. Creative Commons

In the first stage of the strategy, the health unions focused on collecting information in order to elaborate their union demands on proven data. A survey was carried out to collect data on payment of wages and hazard fees to healthcare workers and the financial support for the families of deceased healthcare workers. [This article is an extract from the 2016 Update "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Visits to the United States and the three most affected countries

10 August 2016
Photo: PSI delegation meets with Dr Toni Lewis (far left) and SEIU members. Photo:SEIU1199

The highlights of 2015 included lobbying in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but also a wide range of activities at the United Nations and the United States, at the heart of international policy-making. [This article is an extract from the 2016 Update "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Liberia: trade union rights under attack

10 August 2016
Liberian health workers including George Poe (left) and Martha C. Morris (far right)

Liberia has three health workers per 10,000 people and was the third and worst hit by the Ebola crisis of the three nations of the Mano River basin with more than 4,800 dead and 10,672 becoming infected. [ [This article is an extract from the 2016 Update "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Congo: unite the unions!

10 August 2016
Photo: EC/ECHO - Jean-Louis Mossec. Creative Commons

The Congolese population has no access to a qualitative health system as, especially in the provinces, the health structures are in an advanced state of decay. Health service providers are neither adequately nor continuously trained to strengthen their capacities and enhance their knowledge about the disease. [This article is an extract from the 2016 Update "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Ghana: union involvement

10 August 2016

In Ghana, 151 cases were tested on Ebola, but luckily none were confirmed. [This article is an extract from the 2016 Newsletter "PSI trade union response to the Ebola Virus Disease".]

Audio: WINS Radio reports on dismissed Liberian health workers

11 April 2016

WINS Radio reports on PSI's call to action for the reinstatement of two Liberian health union leaders dismissed in February 2014 with 22 other workers following a nationwide strike in protest of working conditions and the lack of protective equipment and medication.