Cholera cases surging in Africa, reports WHO

Posted on 15 February 2023

According to the World Health Organization, there has been a recent spike in cholera cases in Africa. 2023 has already seen 30% more cases reported than all last year, and Malawi faces its highest numbers in two decades.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, says “we are witnessing a worrying scenario where conflict and extreme climatic events are worsening the triggers of cholera and increasing its toll on lives.” In addition, the COVID19 Pandemic has meant prolonged pressure on these nations’ healthcare systems.

“It’s critical for African countries to scale up readiness to quickly detect cases and mount comprehensive and timely response”, says Moeti. “We are supporting governments to bolster key control measures to halt these outbreaks as quickly as possible.”





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