September 16, 2009
Papua New Guinea 2009 © Sally McMillan/MSF
For the first time in 50 years, a cholera outbreak has hit Papua New Guinea. Mainly concentrated in the eastern Morobe province, the disease has so far infected 283 people according to official figures.
As cholera has not been present in the country for 50 years, it has been challenging to raise awareness about treatment and prevention and in reducing the stigma surrounding the disease. For example, some public transport providers are refusing to carry patients, making it difficult for those in need to access treatment. Over the last few weeks, MSF has therefore focused energy on raising awareness about the disease by organizing workshops on hygiene and the use of chlorine, and briefing key members of the community including schools, pharmacies, and local NGOs.
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