Cleaning Out Cholera

In its first cholera outbreak since 2008, the disease is sweeping the town of Bida in Nigeria’s Niger state with 267 cases since June 3; 8 people have died. It’s part of a spate of infectious disease outbreaks in Nigeria, spurred by poor sanitation.

Cholera has the ingredients to thrive in Bida, a transit hub where indiscriminate refuse dumping and open defecation make it is easy to spread the disease.  

There are blueprint solutions in Nigeria and beyond, like the Cleaner Lagos Initiative which deployed 27,000 community sanitation workers; but 71% of Nigerians still lack access to safe, private toilets, posing persistent challenges to curbing disease.

Nigeria Health Watch

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