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Why are we There?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease

Our Work


  • An outbreak of cholera gradually escalated to a health emergency in Guinea-Bissau.
  • A team from Médecins Sans Frontières worked with the Ministry of Health to establish a national programme on cholera preparedness in 1999.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières started assisting an emergency response in the capital Bissau and affected areas of Biombo, Oio and Cacheu regions in October.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières also supported health centres in the management of patients with cholera by opening isolation units, providing treatment and medical supplies, improving hygiene and sanitation inside facilities, training health staff and raising awareness among the population of the disease and how it is transmitted.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières proposed using a new, two-dose oral cholera vaccine, which had recently used in other countries. As cholera vaccinations had never been carried out in the country before, the proposal had to pass through a complex approval system, and approval was given too late for vaccination to have an impact on the epidemic in 2012.
  • However, the government has agreed to implement a preventive cholera vaccination campaign in 2013. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières first began working in Guinea-Bissau in 1998 and at the end of 2014, 8 staff were working in the country.