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.

WHO warned of risks of commercial exploitation of Ebola

02 February 2015
Photo: Simon Davis/DFID - Creative commons

In a WHO Special session on Ebola, IBFAN, together with Public Services International (PSI) and Health Innovation in Practice (HIP) called on WHO to prevent commercial exploitation of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola: Safe workers save lives

23 December 2014
In an exclusive video produced by PSI, hosted and shared by The Guardian, Liberian healthcare workers share their difficulties and frustrations with the working conditions in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.

PSI Africa region health sector trade unions call for new public healthcare systems in response to Ebola crisis

04 December 2014

"Safe workers save lives”: Health sector unions from the region are reporting extremely poor levels of preparedness in case Ebola were to spread beyond the current major outbreak countries while workers involved in the fight to contain EVD and save lives continue to die at unacceptably high levels.

PSI names the 325 health workers killed by Ebola, victims of corporate interests and social injustice

26 November 2014
Rosa Pavanelli

Video message from Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, naming and honouring the 325 health workers killed by Ebola.

Ebola: PSI urges G20 to act on public healthcare

10 November 2014
Health workers fighting Ebola in Guinea (Photo: European Commission)

On the eve of G20 in Brisbane, PSI is briefing Australia's public sector unions and urging the G20 to implement promised measures to make large multinational corporations pay fair tax.

The Ebola outbreak: a symptom of privatisation and austerity

31 October 2014
Illness observation

PSI and EPSU support the demands of Spanish health unions to upgrade the public sector health system, and create safe working environments against the risks of EVD contagion.

PSI Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Intervention Strategy 2014-16

27 October 2014
Ebola in Guinea

The Ebola crisis in West Africa demonstrates clearly the threat posed to societies as a whole when quality public health systems are absent. The dire consequences of the outbreak must be seen, in general, as symptoms resulting from decades of lack of investments in public sector health systems. PSI's strategy, focussed on a trade union response to the crisis, is available for download.