Cholera: mechanism for control and prevention

The resolution was adopted by the Sixty Fourth World Health Assembly

Member States unanimously agreed that cholera needs to be recognized as an increasing public health threat for many countries and regions and its unwelcome appearance due to climate change is on the rise.

They expressed the urgent need for effective public health interventions, such as proper, timely and solid surveillance system, improved environmental management in particular access to clean water and proper sanitation, and the adequate use of cholera vaccines as a complementary measure.

The interplay between prevention, preparedness and response was also noted.

Cholera was recognized as a clear marker of environmental management, as well as an indicator of how we should engage with International Health Regulations and conduct surveillance.

It was also noted that cholera knows no frontiers, therefore cross border activities are to be strengthened. It was emphasized that cholera prevention requires access to safe water, adequate sanitation, adequate food safety, appropriate hygiene, and a community-based approach.

Member States underscored the need to revitalize the Global Task Force on Cholera Control and emphasized the need to scale up advocacy measures in view of the multidisciplinarity of the disease.