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Cholera outbreak in Zambia

Find out more about the measures taken by WfW to contain the disease

February 5th 2024

Zambia is dealing with a severe Cholera outbreak: From October 2023 to the end of January 2024, over 16,258 cases with 594 deaths have been reported. As this is a water-borne disease, clean drinking water, sanitary infrastructure, and hygiene practices are essential in the fight against the disease.

WfW has been active in Zambia since 2013 and is involved in professional water supply and sanitation, particularly in fast-growing peri-urban areas. Our work is, therefore, a key factor in combating the current cholera outbreak.

The current situation has forced the Zambian government to convert the "Heroes Stadium" in Lusaka into a treatment facility and to postpone the opening of schools until the 12th of February in order to minimise the spread of the disease. WfW has also taken specific measures in Zambia.


WfW is taking decisive action with our team on the ground, working hand-in-hand with local partners to provide essential water and sanitation services:

Our measures have an immediate impact and are designed as long-term, scalable initiatives. They aim to sustainably improve access to clean water and sanitary facilities, far beyond our intervention. A crisis like the current cholera outbreak highlights the significance of our work, as it can be prevented through access to clean drinking water and hygiene education.


The diarrhoeal disease cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The bacteria, which are present in the faeces or vomit of sick people, are transmitted to people who have drunk contaminated water or eaten food washed in contaminated water. Urban areas with a rapidly increasing population density are particularly affected, as the sanitary infrastructure and the sewage and water supply cannot be expanded quickly enough. Comprehensive expansion in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector is essential for disease containment.

For more information on cholera, please consult the Bundesamt für Gesundheit (BAG.ch) or the WHO (World Health Organisation).




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