According to the WHO, cholera causes 100,000 – 120,000 deaths every year. Half of the recorded cases occur in the DRC. The Veolia Foundation has been committed to combating this disease since 2007. An epidemiological study conducted in partnership with the Veolia Foundation helped develop a national strategic plan to eradicate cholera based on a multi-sector approach.
The LSHTM found a significant association between piped water interruptions and admissions to a cholera treatment centre in Uvira. Findings show that 23.2% of the cholera cases reported in Uvira between 2009 and 2014 were attributable to recurrent equipment breakdowns at the drinking water treatment plant. The article goes into greater depth and contextualises this figure and also shows that in addition to installing pipes and chlorinating water to combat cholera, there is also a need to ensure that drinking water is supplied regularly, reliably and in sufficient quantities. The findings of this research underscore the importance of the quality of water services. The Veolia Foundation believes that the findings reaffirm its commitment to this multi-year programme to improve water access in order to combat cholera in the DRC.
- The press release on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s website.
- Water Supply Interruptions and Suspected Cholera Incidence: A Time-Series Regression in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Authors: Aurélie Jeandron, Jaime Mufitini Saidi, Alois Kapama, Manu Burhole, Freddy Birembano, Thierry Vandevelde, Antonio Gasparrini, Ben Armstrong, Sandy Cairncross, Jeroen H. J. Ensink. PLOS Medicine.