CERF releases $1.5 million to stem cholera outbreak in Niger

23 July 2013: Niger has suffered eight major cholera outbreaks since 1971. Cholera has reappeared in the country in 2013, claiming the lives of at least ten people.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Niger does not have the means to address the outbreak. As of 26 June 2013, some 322 cases of cholera have been reported. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$1,571,207 to two United Nations agencies.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $921,207 to provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

With an allocation of $650,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) will provide medications and equipment for the care of patients.