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Cholera outbreaks are closely intertwined with conflict due to the destruction of water infrastructure, the health system and breakdown of existing public health structures. Over the last decade, large outbreaks have occurred in countries with active conflict or which have been affected by post-conflict destruction of health systems including Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan; many of these countries have also been affected by humanitarian disasters. In late August 2022, an increase in acute water diarrhoea was noted in northeast Syria with a cholera outbreak declared on 10th September 2022 with cases subsequently noted in northwest Syria and areas under government control. Since then, more than fifteen thousand cases have been noted with cases also noted and increasing in Lebanon.

In this webinar, we bring together topic experts who discuss the humanitarian, vaccine and environmental aspects of cholera. We will focus on the different factors which have contributed to the current outbreaks of cholera.

Confirmed speakers:

Chair: Aula Abbara, SPHN

Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University

Mark Zeitoun, Geneva Water Hub

Naser Mhawish, EWARN – Assitance Coordination Unit

Ruwan Ratnayake, LSHTM – Health in Humanitarian Crises