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.

Strengthening our health systems

15 July 2015

PSI-affiliated health sector unions in Ghana celebrated West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) Day on 9 July 2015. This year’s celebration took place at the Registered Nurses Hostel in Accra. This celebration goes on not only in Ghana but other West African Countries as well.

PSI Executive Board: the members talk

28 May 2015
Veronika Karlsson, President of VISION, Sweden

Representatives of PSI affiliates met in Geneva on 27-28 May 2015 for the PSI Executive Board meeting. PSI interviewed some Executive Board members and asked them about their union’s activities. Please click on the names to watch the video interviews.

Statement from workers and unions at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

18 March 2015
First responders after Hurricane Sandy in 2012

Public Services International published this statement on the last day of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held at Sendai, Japan, on 14-18 March 2015.

Reducing disaster risk – what about the workers?

18 March 2015
David Boys, PSI Deputy General Secretary

PSI unions from around the world are lobbying and networking at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March, 2015. Governments are negotiating final text to guide disaster policy, and have hardly mentioned workers.

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.