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

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

 
South Sudan

Activity Update, August 2015

Crisis Update 8 Sep 2015
 
South Sudan

MSF completes cholera vaccination campaign in Juba

Project Update 3 Sep 2015
 
Cameroun - MSF activities for people displaced by Boko Haram attacks
Cameroon

Tens of thousands flee Boko Haram violence

Project Update 20 Aug 2015
 
Project Update

A month in focus: August 2015

Project Update 17 Aug 2015
 
Guinea-Bissau

28,500 children vaccinated against measles

Project Update 31 Jul 2015
 
South Sudan

Activity Update June 2015

Crisis Update 31 Jul 2015
 
Tanzania

130,000 refugees vaccinated against cholera in the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp

Press Release 30 Jul 2015
 
Kenya

The cholera test and why the Kenyan health system has failed

Voices from the Field 27 Jul 2015
 
Nigeria

“Our team is working all the time, because IDPs arrive every week.”

Voices from the Field 23 Jul 2015
Advanced HIV management in Homa Bay
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