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WHO Should Mount Coordinated, Multi-Country Cholera Epidemic Response

The Conversation: Cholera fears rise following Atlantic hurricanes: Are we making any progress?
Lauren Carruth, assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service

“…Cholera outbreaks will never cease if we focus only on technological fixes and temporary humanitarian solutions, and ignore the structural inequities that result in contaminated water sources and outbreaks of infectious diseases. … The WHO and its partners should lead a vigorous appeal to donors and humanitarian organizations working in several locations — in the paths of Atlantic hurricanes, in flooded regions of South Asia, and in war-torn parts of the Middle East and Africa — where cholera still kills and the risk of an outbreak is high. The new director of the WHO, Dr. Tedros, is perfectly positioned to … demonstrate his capacity for swift action by mounting the WHO’s first coordinated, multi-country cholera epidemic response” (9/10).

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