Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, rubbish collection and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense de-hydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.
Cholera is a serious risk in the aftermath of emergencies, like the Haiti earthquake of 2010, but can strike anywhere. The situation can be especially problematic in rainy seasons when houses and latrines flood and contaminated water collects in stagnant pools.
The disease is treatable and, in many situations, MSF teams have limited the death rate to less than one percent.
Missing Maps Project
MSF are recruiting thousands of volunteers to map parts of the world most vulnerable to natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or conflict.
Maps they use are very often drawn on a piece of paper by someone who has been there. By supporting the Missing Maps Project with your time, you can directly contribute to MSF’s humanitarian medical activities as they use maps every day to get to patients, to assess the needs of crisis-hit communities, to track disease spread and to respond to local events.
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