Improving Access To WASH, Being ‘Proactive’ Vital To Preventing, Controlling Cholera Outbreaks
New Scientist: A cholera pandemic has raged for 56 years. Time to stamp it out
Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
“…Yemen reinforces a crucial lesson: when it comes to cholera we need to be proactive, not reactive. When we know there is a very high chance that the disease will appear, we need to vaccinate as soon as possible. To do so, we will need to better understand how the infection initially spreads and which vaccination strategies would be best to prevent this. In conflict-prone areas this is even more critical, because brief periods of peace may be few and far between. And wherever it is feasible we need to improve access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation. Ultimately, if we don’t want this pandemic to last another six decades then we need to acknowledge it and treat it as a growing threat” (7/6).