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Cholera is on the rise with an estimated 1.4 billion people at risk in endemic countries and an estimated 3 million to 5 million cases and 100,000-120,000 deaths per year worldwide. In many endemic countries, children under 5 account for more than half of the global incidence and deaths. Cholera has remained endemic in some Asian countries for centuries, has become endemic in an increasing number of African countries with epidemics throughout the years, and has recently returned to the Americas with on-going transmission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. New, more virulent and drug-resistant strains of Vibrio cholerae continue to emerge, and the frequency of large protracted outbreaks with high case fatality ratios has increased, reflecting the lack of early detection, prevention and access to timely health care.
The UNICEF Cholera Toolkit provides practical resources to implement an integrated approach to cholera prevention, preparedness and response. It addresses water, hygiene and sanitation, health and communication for development as well as specific content linked to education, nutrition, child protection and other relevant sectors.
The UNICEF Cholera Toolkit is the result of a thorough review of existing guidance and global consultation with specialists in all cholera related fields. It puts proven guidance, tools and best practices relating to cholera together in one place accessible to everyone.
You can acces the toolkit in the UNICEF website here.