Cholera experts bang heads
Public health and environmental experts from 14 African countries started meeting in Lilongwe yesterday to map the way forward on eliminating cholera by 2030.
The meeting comes ahead of the High-Level Emergency Ministerial Meeting on Cholera and Climate-related Public Health Emergencies which will be held today.
Opening the technical meeting, Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said its main objective is to strengthen and enhance collaboration and coordination for cross-border preparedness, readiness and response to ongoing cholera outbreaks and other health emergencies in African countries.
The meeting has been organised by the Africa Centre for Disease Control through the African Union, the World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund.
“By the end of our two days here, we should be better equipped to deal with the issues on the ground,” she said.
WHO Senior Health Security Adviser at the WHO Liason Office to the African Union and Uneca, Ambrose Talisuna, said, currently, 12 countries in Africa have recorded cholera outbreaks, a development he described as too much.
The meeting has attracted experts from Angola, Botswana, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.