CERF provides $312,440 for cholera response in Ghana
16 August 2012: Government and UN partners are concerned that Ghana could be engulfed by its most recent cholera outbreak, which has claimed more than 50 lives since January 2012. With more than 5,000 cases reported nationally, the epidemic has been fuelled by poor sanitation, lack of public awareness and the onset of the rainy season, which has led to the contamination of drinking-water sources.
Traditional beliefs and practices, such as the use of herbal remedies, and spiritual associations with health and illness are barriers to improving hygiene. In many rural communities, illnesses such as diarrhoea are perceived as something to endure, rather than a potential danger. The entire population is at risk, but children are the most vulnerable due to their exposure to cholera at school and during play.