22 August 2012 -- A total of 55 185 cases and 1187 deaths have been reported in 2012 from 21 countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Sierra Leone and Uganda accounted for 92% of the cases and 88% of the deaths. WHO and other partners continue to provide guidance and technical support to the affected countries in the areas of multi-sectoral coordination; surveillance; case management; infection prevention and control; logistics; community awareness; cross border collaboration; and resource mobilization. Experts in these different areas were deployed in the field to support the investigation and response to cholera outbreaks.
The health impact of the 2005 food crisis in Niger was at first largely underestimated. The majority of humanitarian interventions focused on food supply instead of health risks associated with malnutrition. However, as people areweakened by malnutrition, the risk of death from diseases increases. WHO's operations in Niger sought to rectify this gap, focusing on improved healthcare through the provision of equipment and training.