Plan proactively raises awareness on cholera prevention
Seasonal cholera cases continue to be reported in Guinea-Bissau. This is particularly true in the northern and southern regions of the country, where 96% of all cases have been reported. As of the 13th of November, 2,090 total cases have been reported countrywide, resulting in 20 deaths.
Guinea-Bissau is prone to seasonal cholera outbreaks and children are particularly vulnerable. In preparation for the season, Plan Guinea-Bissau proactively and in partnership with the regional health authorities began to raise awareness on cholera prevention.
Simple messages including handwashing before meals and after using the facilities have been broadcast through community radio stations as well as through door-to-door canvasing.
As cholera can be prevented through improvements in basic hygiene and clean water access, Plan has supported community trainings on cholera and has offered classes on community well and drinking water disinfection. Furthermore, Plan is providing prevention and hygiene materials to communities and medicine to regional health structures to respond to the cholera situation. Water-point disinfection has also been carried out throughout Plan’s program areas. These preventative measures have had a positive impact and Plan’s program units are the only areas not registering cases of the disease.
Plan is coordinating its awareness raising activities with the Ministry of Health and WHO and will continue to share information with as many communities as possible to aid in the prevention of new cholera outbreaks.