A Message about Ebola and SMHS International Travel

August 18, 2014

The recent news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a concern. As a medical institution, we want to reassure our internationally diverse community of students, residents and faculty, that GW is taking the situation very seriously and has plans and procedures in place in case of an emergency. We are closely monitoring the situation in Africa and we are also in regular contact with local and federal agencies.  For further information regarding the current situation and recommendations the following websites are available for review.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/

Additionally, since SMHS is home to a robust International Medicine program, we are also working with international agencies and monitoring the situation abroad, to ensure the safety and health of our community members who are teaching and learning in other countries. SMHS is also issuing a temporary moratorium on all SMHS-sponsored or related travel for students, faculty, and staff to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. This means that SMHS funds will not be used to support trips to these areas, nor will SMHS facilitate or otherwise endorse travel to these areas until further notice.

If an individual believes there is a compelling SMHS-related reason for travel to those areas, he/she must consult with the Office of International Medicine Programs and the SMHS Dean’s office regarding this policy. This policy will remain in effect as long as the CDC maintains current advisories. If new travel advisories are issued by the CDC, the moratorium will extend to those areas as well.

As always, we encourage you to be aware of your surroundings and to take measures to stay healthy so you can continue to serve your patients and the community.

Please feel free to reach out to Huda Ayas, Associate Dean for International Medicine, with any questions: hayas@gwu.edu or 202-994-2796