Cholera

Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) brings together partners from around the world to support countries in their fight against cholera, offering an effective platform hosted by WHO. In launching the strategy, "Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030" the GTFCC partners aim to globally reduce cholera deaths by 90%. With the commitment of cholera-affected countries, technical partners, and donors, as many as 20 countries could eliminate the disease transmission by 2030.

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Safe water essential to prevent cholera

Cholera is inherently linked to water supply and is spread when people consume contaminated food or water. “Cholera is a disease of inequity. The poverty map of the world is the same as the cholera map,” says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at WHO. Typical at-risk areas are peri-urban slums, with precarious basic infrastructures, as well as internally displaced or refugee camps, where minimum requirements of clean water and sanitation are often not met.

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A health care worker dropping oral cholera vaccination drops into a man's mouth in South Sudan

Oral cholera vaccine

Since the creation of the global stockpile in 2013, more than 5 million doses of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) have been successfully used in various outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies. The use of oral cholera vaccines is an additional tool to the classic cholera control measures. It should be systematically considered in both endemic countries as well as during outbreaks and emergencies.

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Revised cholera kits

The composition of the cholera kits has been reviewed by WHO and its partners. The contents of all modules have been updated and reorganised to be better adapted for field use in different settings.

The revised cholera kits are designed to help prepare for a potential cholera outbreak and to support the first month of the initial response. The overall package consists of six different kits, each divided in several modules. The kits and modules can each be ordered separately.



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A small girl in Yemen, carrying a bottle of water

 

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control works on cholera prevention and its global control by:
* supporting strategies for capacity development
* technical exchange, coordination, and cooperation
* developing research agenda, and
* increasing visibility of cholera

Vaccines

Global efforts to control cholera worldwide are entering a new phase following the development of safe and effective oral cholera vaccines (OCV).These new tools have opened up the possibility of preventing outbreaks in high risk areas.


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