Emergency preparedness, readiness and response plan for cholera in the WHO European Region
AbstractSince mid-2021, the world has been facing an upsurge in the number, size and occurrence of cholera outbreaks. The simultaneous progression of several outbreaks, compounded with complex humanitarian crises and fragile health systems, and further aggravated by climate change, poses challenges to outbreak response and containment. Cholera is a disease of inequity, disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Despite its global impact, many at-risk countries do not have an effective cholera prevention, readiness and response plan to help curtail the spread of this deadly disease. However, ending the public health impact of cholera could be within our reach. WHO aims to support countries to tackle the seventh cholera pandemic by interrupting disease transmission, facilitating quick case management, minimizing socioeconomic impact on communities and ensuring continuity of essential health and social services. This document provides overarching guidance and facilitates coherence on strategic objectives and priority activities for cholera preparedness, readiness and response in the WHO European Region – primarily focusing on two priority countries: Türkiye and Ukraine. The plan is intended for use by WHO country offices in the European Region and collaborating stakeholders as a supplement to the WHO Global strategic preparedness, readiness and response plan for cholera.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2024). Emergency preparedness, readiness and response plan for cholera in the WHO European Region. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. https://iris.who.int/handle/10665/375957. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO