Lao PDR suffers first cholera outbreak in nearly eight years

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 30 January 2008 – The first outbreak of cholera in southern Lao People’s Democratic Republic in nearly eight years has prompted a vigorous response from UNICEF and its partners.

Securing safe water and adequate sanitation is essential in tackling cholera, a water-borne disease. As such, immediate support has included chlorinating water sources, repairing damaged bore holes and educating villagers on hygiene.

Read more: Tom Greenwood, UNICEF, 30 Jan 2008

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