Controlling Cholera in Somaliland

Coordinated responses, local volunteers, and swift action helped curb a major cholera outbreak in Somaliland.

In 2016, cholera cases emerged across the drought-weary, self-declared state. After a rapid assessment, the Somali Red Crescent Society positioned emergency response units and launched a multi-faceted prevention education campaign. Trained local volunteers ran oral rehydration units where they could refer severe cases to treatment and collect data for daily SMS reports. The Somaliland government coordinated with the UN and local NGOs to share information and remove bureaucratic roadblocks.

The robust response was successful in treating over 12,000 cholera cases and could be a helpful case study for other outbreaks.

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