Plan trains 200 volunteers to help fight cholera outbreak
200 volunteers have been trained by Plan, the Red Cross and regional health authorities to help communities fight the cholera outbreak in Cameroon.
Recent floods and the country’s limited access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities have fuelled infection rates of the disease, which spreads through contaminated food and water. 17 out of the 28 districts in the Extreme-North region of the country have been hit by the deadly infection.
Plan in action
Working with local partners, Plan has conducted training sessions to educate 200 volunteers about the disease and how it can be prevented. Spread out over 310 communities, the trained men and women are now instructing people in the local language on adequate hygiene, the causes of the cholera and how to prevent it.
Communities are learning the most important things to do to prevent spread of infection: use latrines, wash hands with soap, and boil all water before use. Volunteers and Plan staff are also distributing disinfectant, raising awareness, and advising women not to use the rivers in their housework to ensure that children, who make up 40% of the population in Cameroon, are protected.
Christophe Mvogo, Director of Plan’s Maroua Program Unit, said: It’s important to increase awareness-raising in communities with the highest death rates. People need to have immediate access to hygiene, disinfected water points, and existing latrines to avoid getting infected.”
Cholera is a serious issue which has affected hundreds of communities in the region. With more than 300 deaths so far and a lethality rate of 7.7%, this outbreak is one of the worst Cameroon has seen in decades.
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