Cholera intervention in South Kivu
Although easy to prevent and treat, cholera affects up to 4 million people worldwide per year, resulting in up to 140,000 deaths.

Caused by a water-borne bacterial infection, cholera is transmitted through contaminated food or water, or through contact with fecal matter or vomit from infected people. A patient can lose up to 25 litres of fluid per day. Cholera can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, and rapidly prove fatal, within hours, if not treated. But cholera is very simple to treat – most patients respond well to oral rehydration salts, which are easy to administer. In more serious cases, intravenous fluids are required. Ultimately, no-one should die of cholera - yet well over 100,000 do each year.

We are currently responding to two outbreaks of cholera: one across four governorates of Yemen; the other in Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Idai.

 
MSF supported cholera treatment center in Al-Sadaqa hospital, Aden, Yemen
Yemen

MSF treats exponential increase in cholera cases since start of 2019

Press Release 27 Mar 2019
Cholera

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What happens in an MSF cholera treatment centre?

MSF often responds to outbreaks of cholera in the countries we work. But how do we set up our cholera treatment centres to ensure our patients get the best care possible - and that the disease doesn't spread? Learn more about the layout and activities of an MSF cholera treatment centre in this interactive guide.

Learn more about MSF's cholera treament centres
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MSF Blog

Cholera in Yemen: "Ali is fighting for his life"

 
Franck Ale - MSF Epidemiologist
Cholera

How to identify the causes of an epidemic and respond strategically

Interview 21 Aug 2019
 
MSF working to prevent a new cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon
Cameroon

A multidisciplinary approach to stem the spread of cholera

Project Update 21 Aug 2019
 
Cholera response in Khamer, Amran hospital
Yemen

Endemic in Yemen, cholera still hits Yemenis hard

Project Update 5 Jun 2019
 
Emergency mobile clinic outside Beira, Mozambique
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

MSF emergency response to Cyclone Idai and flooding

Crisis Update 26 Apr 2019
 
Emergency response in Nhamatanda district
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

From emergency to recovery: Mozambique one month after Cyclone Idai

Project Update 12 Apr 2019
 
Mobile Clinics in Ponta Gea, Beira area.
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

Mozambique declares cholera cases in Beira in wake of Cyclone Idai

Project Update 28 Mar 2019
 
MSF supported cholera treatment center in Al-Sadaqa hospital, Aden, Yemen
Yemen

MSF treats exponential increase in cholera cases since start of 2019

Press Release 27 Mar 2019
 
Cholera vaccination campaign in Maradi
Niger

Preventing future outbreaks in a cholera hotspot

Project Update 17 Dec 2018
 
Harare - Cholera outbreak
Zimbabwe

A collective response to cholera in Harare

Project Update 25 Oct 2018
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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