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Global Task Force commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030

Cholera kills an estimated 95 000 people and affects 2.9 million more every year.

(Story from UNICEF): An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90% by 2030 was recently launched by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease.

The GTFCC’s new plan, Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030, recognizes that cholera spreads in endemic “hotspots” where predictable outbreaks of the disease occur year after year.

The Global Roadmap aims to align resources, share best practice and strengthen partnerships between affected countries, donors and international agencies. It underscores the need for a coordinated approach to cholera control with country-level planning for early detection and response to outbreaks. By implementing the Roadmap, up to 20 affected countries could eliminate cholera by 2030.

 

Broadcasted press briefing in Geneva, available on WHO Facebook site.

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