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.

 
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
Daily Life in Abs Hospital
More patients mean more drugs, more staff, more water, more beds, more toilets are needed. Antonia Zemp, Nurse
MSF Blog

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Kenya

MSF responds to cholera outbreak amid heavy rains and flooding

Project Update 18 May 2018
 
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Democratic Republic of Congo

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Project Update 23 Mar 2018
 
Congolese refugees in Uganda
Democratic Republic of Congo

Violence in Ituri province forces tens of thousands from their homes

Project Update 28 Feb 2018
 
Zambia, cholera vaccination in Lusaka
Zambia

Encouraging new results further demonstrate effectiveness of the single dose oral cholera vaccine

Press Release 9 Feb 2018
 
Cholera intervention in Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo

MSF steps up cholera support in DRC

Project Update 25 Jan 2018
 
Cholera outbreak in Yemen
Yemen

From cholera to diphtheria – shattered health system battles a new threat

Statement 12 Dec 2017
 
Fatima and her son. Kilo, southern Ibb governorate
Yemen

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Voices from the Field 6 Dec 2017
 
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Nigeria

Borno State crisis update – November 2017

Crisis Update 30 Nov 2017
 
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Yemen

Misery deepens as borders close

Op-Ed 20 Nov 2017
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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