São Tomé health ministry asks UNICEF staff to help out with cholera epidemic

Facing an unprecedented cholera epidemic, the government of the small African country of São Tomé and Príncipe has asked for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) staff members to work in its hospitals.

UN launches $3.2 million flash appeal to prevent spread of cholera in Africa

Faced with an alarming wave of cholera that swept across the West Africa sub-region this summer, the United Nations today launched a $3.2 million flash appeal for additional international aid to prevent further spread of the debilitating and sometimes fatal disease stemming from contaminated water and inadequate sanitation.

Cholera incidence in West Africa almost doubles in month – UN health agency

A month after noting an alarming increase in cholera outbreaks in West Africa, the United Nations health agency reported today that the incidence had almost doubled to nearly 45,000 cases and fatalities rose sharply to more than 720, spurred on by particularly heavy rains and increased population movement.

African countries hit by cholera lack resources to control it, UN says

Faced with nearly 500 deaths from the latest outbreaks of cholera in West Africa and with the number of cases still rising, the affected countries lack the resources needed to implement comprehensive control programmes, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN rushes medication to São Tomé in new cholera outbreak

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has rushed medication and medical equipment to São Tomé and Príncipe, where more than 130 cases of cholera and three deaths have been reported and most of the population of the island of São Tomé is at risk of the dehydrating disease.