Essential Cholera Links

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The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a wealth of information on cholera available on their web sites. The list below summarizes some of the most important cholera documents by these groups and links to the documents on their sites.   

The World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. The WHO website on cholera is an important source of information on the global cholera situation
  2. A general fact sheet about cholera
  3. Each year, the WHO prepares a report on the cholera situation in the world based on information it receives from the different countries; read the latest WHO cholera report (2014)
  4. Reports on many of the recent outbreaks reported to The WHO  
  5. The WHO recently revitalized a Cholera Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC)
  6. WHO Cholera vaccine position paper



  1. UNICEF plays an important role in the control of cholera, especially in improving water and sanitation, and has a website dedicated to cholera
  2. Cholera infographic
  3. UNICEF has developed an extensive toolkit on cholera, available in print, USB, and online, and is a must-read for program planners and implementers [ENG/FR]
  4.  UNICEF guidance note on the use of oral cholera vaccine


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

The CDC cholera website contains comprehensive information and essential resources on cholera, including: latest cholera outbreak updates, information on cholera diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control; publications, data, and statistics; training resources; and health promotion materials.  



Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program  

  1. A program to teach the proper management of cholera during emergencies
  2. The COTS Program Manual
  3. Pocket cards useful for implementing the COTS approach in English or French/Creole