We are proud to be the host organisation for the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH), a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)-funded initiative. The UKHIH aims to bolster collaboration between science, innovation, government, and private actors, to find solutions to humanitarian challenges caused by disasters and conflict.
Join us for a virtual discussion on the findings and recommendations of this review published by Humanitarian Outcomes, Slipping Away? A review of humanitarian capabilities in cholera response. This review is supported by the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub, and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Over the past two years there has been a notable uptick in cholera outbreaks and deaths. There are greater number of countries experiencing cases, with an unusual geographical distribution of outbreaks, and unacceptably high case fatality rates. These trends have raised concerns about the global capacity for cholera response and control, and whether some past progress has been lost.
Cholera is a deadly, but relatively easy disease to treat if caught in time. Cholera often occurs within the context of a broader emergency and has long been considered a basic staple of core humanitarian business. The disastrous response to a cholera outbreak among Rwandan refugees in Goma in 1994 shook and subsequently reshaped the modern humanitarian system, establishing standards, operational guidance, and coordination structures meant to better enable rapid and effective life-saving response.
Three decades later, what is going wrong? The review looks at humanitarian capacities, competencies, and coordination in responding to cholera to try to answer this question.
Register via the Zoom link here.
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