Initiating Essential Awareness to Save Lives

Initiating Essential Awareness to Save Lives

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Disease Early Warning Surveillance (DEWS) confirmed two cases of cholera ogawa types and a single case originally from Surkhrood District in Afghanistan during the mid of August. All health implementers took part in a meeting held by the Provincial Public Health Directorate (PPHD) and Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC) for emergency preparedness response on the outbreak. The meeting covered among others a review on the confirmed cases in Surkhrood, Nuristan, and Kunar while discussing the campaign in eight districts in Nangahar.

With CWS-P/A as the main health provider in the district, it distributed essential cholera kits to its Nangahar Laghman Health Program (NLHP) facilities. In addition a two-day training and awareness session on the epidemic was conducted with twenty-eight health facility staff members and doctors. An in-depth training methodology was used to provide health staff members and doctors with comprehensive knowledge on cholera.

CWS-P/A believes that taking a lead role to effectively address the health needs of community members is vital. This has been part of the organization’s approach to help save lives while reducing risk and the burden of disease.

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