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Cholera

Cholera kills up to 130,000 people every year, with millions more catching the disease. But in many situations, our teams have limited the death rate to less than one percent.  
 
Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, rubbish collection and proper toilets. 
 
It causes profuse diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours. 
 
Cholera is a serious risk in the aftermath of emergencies, like the Haiti earthquake of 2010, but can strike anywhere. The situation can be especially problematic in rainy seasons when houses and latrines flood and contaminated water collects in stagnant pools. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cholera affects three to five million people worldwide and causes between 100,000 and 130,000 deaths per year. 
 
MSF’s water and sanitation engineers and logisticians play a vital role in the prevention of cholera.  
 
In 2017, MSF teams treated 143,100 people for cholera.  

15/06/2021

Disease, floods and drought: southern Somalia hit by repeated emergencies

Humanitarian needs are soaring in southern Somalia as Jubaland state is hit by repeated emergencies including severe droughts, flash floods and outbreaks of disease.

14/06/2021

HELPING EACH OTHER: stories of solidarity after Nyiragongo eruption

Mount Nyiragongo, a volcano in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), erupted on 22 May, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced, amid threats of new disasters. The tremors and aftershocks that terrorised the city of Goma, collapsing buildings, triggered a mass evacuation. Families who sought shelter in distant towns, such as Sake, Rutshuru and Minova, struggle to access the aid they so desperately need. At the same time, they find support among the people of the cities they fled to.

04/06/2021

People struggling to find food, shelter, water after east DRC volcano eruption

Nearly two weeks after the eruption of volcano Mount Nyiragongo, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many people are struggling to survive in the areas to where they fled. Despite ongoing seismic activity and official warnings, many displaced people are returning to Goma searching for food, water, and medical care. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is scaling up our support, but more humanitarian aid is still urgently needed.

31/05/2021

Further assistance urgently needed for people following DRC volcano eruption

Hundreds of thousands of people have been left displaced, and over half a million in the city of Goma have been left without access to clean drinking water, following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are responding, other humanitarian organisations should urgently step in to help meet people’s basic needs.

25/02/2021

Behind my mask: Dr. Asma's Story

I am Dr. Asma Aweis Abdullahi, medical activity manager in Baidoa project in Somalia. I have been working with MSF since April 2018.

Inside Illeret cholera treatment unit
18/05/2020

Responding to Cholera as COVID-19 threatens Kenya’s health system

Heavy rains across Kenya and the wider region have led to floods and forced many people from their homes. Now, the town of Telesgaye, a community in Kenya’s north-east Marsabit County, is fighting a cholera outbreak.

Women fetching water at a water point in Stoneridge in Southern Harare. Photo: Samuel Sieber/MS
25/02/2020

Water, waste, and vaccination: Fighting cholera and typhoid in Harare, Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, recurring outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever are a pressing health concern. In many of the city’s suburbs, public water supply is unreliable, and leaking sewage pipes, pit latrines, and poor waste management contaminate the groundwater. Using innovative borehole technology and empowering communities to manage their own water points, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has developed a highly effective environmental health toolkit.

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Cholera

Cholera kills up to 130,000 people every year, with millions more catching the disease. But in many situations, our teams have limited the death rate to less than one percent.  
 
Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, rubbish collection and proper toilets. 
 
It causes profuse diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours. 
 
Cholera is a serious risk in the aftermath of emergencies, like the Haiti earthquake of 2010, but can strike anywhere. The situation can be especially problematic in rainy seasons when houses and latrines flood and contaminated water collects in stagnant pools. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cholera affects three to five million people worldwide and causes between 100,000 and 130,000 deaths per year. 
 
MSF’s water and sanitation engineers and logisticians play a vital role in the prevention of cholera.  
 
In 2017, MSF teams treated 143,100 people for cholera.