To effectively fight the cholera epidemic in Cameroon, the United Nations has made available to the Cameroonian authorities; 1 billion frs.
The announcement was made last week by Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary of State in charge of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). He announced the release of 1.7 million dollars corresponding to 1 billion FCFA, for the fight against the cholera epidemic in Cameroon.
According to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, the funding will support health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities, focusing on reducing morbidity and mortality in households suffering from cholera and limiting the spread of cholera to neighboring communities.
The number of cholera cases in Cameroon, which were first reported in October 2021, have increased significantly in recent weeks. More than 1,200 cases were reported in a single week in March 2021. As of April 18th, 5,718 confirmed cases were reported, mainly in the South West (4,244 cases) and Littoral (1,195) regions.
The government has launched a vaccination campaign to try to stop the epidemic which has already claimed victims in Cameroonian prisons.