Cholera prevention and control in Kenya

by Dan Campbell on September 1, 2015

Cholera prevention and control in Kenya, 2015.  A dissertation submitted to the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Author: Gretchen A. Cowman

Interventions, policies, and strategies that are perceived to be effective in cholera prevention and control include: (1) Community Led Total Sanitation, which aims to eliminate open defecation, (2) provision of clean water, and (3) the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response strategy, which is Kenya’s platform for implementation of the International Health Regulations. Key challenges include: (1) lack of access to improved water and sanitation for a  large proportion of the population, (2) limited laboratory capacity to diagnose cholera, and (3) poor availability of intravenous fluids and oral rehydration solution.

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