Robin Meldrum
Health promotion along Mbandaka\'s riverside, where many of the cases are coming from. Dieidonn¿ Bakwala has trained two locals from the port to spread the word about the cholera epidemic - what is cholera, how to avoid catching it, and what to do if anyone has the symptoms of the disease.
A cholera epidemic has spread more than 1,000km from Kisangani down the Congo river to the outskirts of Kinshasa, causing major outbreaks in several towns along the way including Bolobo in Bandundu Province and Mbandaka in Equateur Province where MSF\'s Emergency Team (PUC - Pool d\'Urgence Congo) has managed the medical aspects of the response. At the time of writing (18 July 2011) the CTC in Mbandaka is receiving around 20 patients a day and the PUC is evaluating the need for an emergency response in Kinshasa and several other towns along the Congo river.