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May 06, 2016

The largest cholera vaccination campaign ever undertaken has just commenced in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Over half a million people are expected to receive the oral cholera vaccine in an effort to curb an outbreak that began in February in the city’s overcrowded township areas. As of April 7, a total of 664 cases and 12 deaths had been reported in Lusaka.

March 03, 2015

In Brussels earlier today, the European Commission hosted an international conference on the subject of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. With the one-year anniversary of the outbreak approaching, the purpose of the conference is to discuss ways to accelerate the process of eliminating the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and to make plans for the post-outbreak recovery needs in these countries.

In Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is responding to the worst cholera outbreaks in the country for many years. Over the last five weeks the number of cholera cases has risen dramatically to more than 4,500, while more than 120 people have lost their lives. Despite hopes that the outbreak has reached its peak the previous week and that the number of cholera cases will start decreasing, heavy rains that continue to cause severe floods in the city could potentially worsen the situation in the coming weeks.