Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict: Ebola not the only killer ravaging Congo (2)

4 July, 2019

A few hours after sending the message about 'Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict', I received a press release from WHO:


Happening now: cholera vaccination campaign targets 1.2 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

More than a million people are being vaccinated in phase 2 of a huge cholera vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This cholera vaccination campaign in the 4 central provinces of the DRC is crucial to stop the disease from gaining a permanent foothold.

Cholera is a highly contagious communicable disease transmitted via contaminated water or food. It causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration which must be treated immediately to avoid death after only a few hours.

During this 5-day campaign, the vaccinators will visit every household, even in the remotest areas, to administer the second dose vital for ensuring long-term protection against cholera. The oral cholera vaccines to be used in this campaign were taken from the global cholera vaccine stockpile, which is funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.


Read the full press release here:

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