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The West & Central Africa Cholera Platform: An information generating and sharing network to prevent and control cholera

swdocThe Regional Cholera Platform was launched in 2012 to facilitate and systematize information sharing between neighbouring countries and gain a better understanding of where and why cholera epidemics take place.
The effectiveness of the Platform does not result in media headlines or regular global interest. Yet, the information has resulted in better coordination leading to action on the ground to stop cholera outbreaks.
UNICEF has played a key role catalysing and amplifying the platform. Credible data collection and rapid information sharing have allowed governments and humanitarian ac-tors to anticipate and stop outbreaks.


  • Saving the lives of children by timely cholera alerts coupled with targeted responses. In 2016 alone, 22 rapid responses stopped cholera outbreaks from spreading in 6 affected countries.
  • Sharing real-time information on where cholera outbreaks are happening today. Since 2012, the Platform has produced a bi-weekly bulletin with latest information on reported cases for 19 countries, which is shared with over 330 direct official contacts in the Region.
  • Anticipating where cholera might strike next. Maps pinpointing the most affected zones and epicenters of recent outbreaks, known as “cholera hotspots’ have been produced for 12 at risk countries;
  • Reducing Cholera Risk for 55 million people. Cholera contingency plans have been developed for 7 countries- Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.
  • Maintaining the cholera cross-border vigilance and response preparedness. Roadmaps aiming at improving trans-border collaboration for cholera control have been developed for the Lake Chad epidemiological basin with member states, humanitarian actors, civil society, and regional organisations such as ECCAS and ECOWAS.
  • Building capacities of those on the frontlines. In 2016, over 300 actors were trained on latest techniques to be more effective in the fight against cholera. Technical training has been undertaken in all domains of cholera risk assessment and control including surveillance, case management, WASH intervention, social mobilization and possible OCV campaigns, as well as GIS techniques for quickly and easily geo-localising cases during outbreaks.
  • Planning to eliminate cholera using credible evidence. 11 countries have developed cholera plan or roadmap based on research studies undertaken through the Platform.


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