Cholera Outbreak Guidelines: Preparedness, prevention and control

Publication date

13 Aug 2012

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This practical field guide brings together lessons learned from Oxfam's past interventions in the prevention and control of cholera, and other related guidance. The aim is to provide a quick, step-by-step guide to inform cholera outbreak interventions and ensure public health programmes that are rapid, community-based, well-tailored, and gender and diversity aware. They will enable both public health teams and programme managers to undertake necessary preparations to prevent cholera outbreaks from occurring and to respond effectively when they have occurred. They have been specifically designed to fit the cholera outbreak curve, depicting key activities in each critical phase before, during and after an outbreak. They can also be adapted to suit other water- and sanitation-related outbreaks, such as Typhoid, Hepatitis E, and dysentery, as well as other WASH-related diarrhoeal outbreaks. This is a pilot publication, and the team are looking for comments and suggestions on both the content and structure of the manual. Please send any feedback to, with "Cholera guidelines" in the subject line.