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J Bus Contin Emer Plan. 2015 Spring;8(4):295-8.

Is there a business continuity plan for emergencies like an Ebola outbreak or other pandemics?

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World Health Organization - Country Office for Indonesia, Ministry of Health Building, Block A, 6th Floor, Jakarta 12959, Indonesia.


During emergencies, the health system will be overwhelmed and challenged by various factors like staff absenteeism and other limited resources. More than half of the workforce in Liberia has been out of work since the start of the Ebola outbreak. It is vital to continue essential services like maternal and child health care, emergency care and others while responding to emergencies like an Ebola outbreak other pandemic or disaster. Having a business continuity plan (BCP) and involving various sectors during planning and implementing the plan during a crisis will assist in providing essential services to the public. An established BCP will not only help the continuity of services, it also assists in maintaining achievements of sustainable development. This applies to all sectors other than health, for instance, energy sectors, communication, transportation, education, production and agriculture.

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