Cholera: Introduction

This introductory level course provides a general overview of cholera including prevention and control principles. In addition, the course participants will learn about the Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC) and the Ending Cholera – A Global Roadmap to 2030 strategy. The target audience for this course is personnel responsible for prevention and control of cholera including those involved in cholera outbreak response.

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Self-paced
Language: English
Basic (Basique), Cholera

Course information

This course is also available in the following languages:

français - Português - العربية - Hausa - Українська

Overview: Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food. It can lead to dehydration, and death in patients with severe forms of the disease. Cholera is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development. Its prevention and control should be multisectoral and well-coordinated integrating activities across sectors.

The Global Task Force for Cholera Control is a global partnership of >50 institutions that has a vision that collective action can stop cholera transmission and end cholera deaths. Its key role is to promote and support implementation of the Ending Cholera – a Global Roadmap to 2030 strategy at country level.

This introductory level course is intended for personnel responsible for prevention and control of cholera and for the ones involved in cholera outbreaks and response.

The knowledge is offered through downloadable presentations and self-test that can be reviewed at your own pace.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: A Confirmation of Participation is available to participants who complete at least 80% of the course materials.

What you'll learn

  • summarize the disease and main transmission routes;
  • explain cholera prevention and control principles;
  • describe the strategies of Ending Cholera – A Global Roadmap to 2030 and the role of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC); and
  • recall additional Cholera resources.

Course contents

  • Module 1: Cholera: the disease and its transmission:

    After completing this module, you will have the basic knowledge about cholera and, you can describe cholera transmission routes and explain the burden of the disease.
  • Module 2: Prevention and control of cholera:

    After completing this module, you can recall the principles of cholera prevention, you can explain how cholera control is multisectoral and describe the main preparedness activities for cholera outbreaks.
  • Module 3: Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030 and Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC):

    After completing this module, you can describe the vision, goals and strategies of Ending Cholera – A Global Roadmap to 2030 in your own words and you can explain the role of the GTFCC partnership and how it supports countries to prevent and control cholera.
  • Module 4: Additional resources:

    After completing this module, you can locate the existing Global Task Force on Cholera Control guidance on cholera.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 80% of the course material.