Health Desk—October 05, 2017: Icddr,b has joined the launch of an ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90 percent by 2030.
The initiative was launched by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of over 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease, said a press release.
Executive Director of icddr,b Professor John D Clemens attended the launching programme at Annecy, France on Wednesday.
Globally, cholera kills an estimated 95,000 people per year and affects 2.9 million more. The map of cholera outbreaks is essentially the same as a map of poverty and marginalisation.
While speaking at the launching event, Prof Clemens said: “Icddr,b is the winner of this year’s Hilton Humanitarian Award 2017. Since its inception icddr,b has dedicated its work to saving lives and finding innovative low cost, and scalable solutions to diarrhoeal disease.”