In this USAID Pounds of Prevention article, we examine the problem of cholera in West Africa. Cholera is a communicable disease that affects millions of people worldwide each year. In West Africa, its appearance is usually linked to the onset of the rainy season when the risk for transmitting waterborne diseases rises. USAID is working with many partners, most notably the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to tackle cholera and limit the disease’s impact.
By supporting regional efforts, like UNICEF’s emergency rapid response mechanism, USAID is improving how public health actors tackle outbreaks. USAID is also focusing attention on providing water, sanitation, and hygiene training for local organizations, a critical element to stopping transmission of this disease.
Read the full article at Pounds of Prevention: Focus on West Africa Cholera.