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Cholera, an ancient disease, has become a disease of poverty.Those who are fortunate enough never to have witnessed cholera's effects firsthand might assume that it is just another stomach bug.Each year, cholera claims the lives of an estimated 95,000 people; many who die are children.The saddest fact about cholera's recent toll on human lives is that every single death was preventable. The world already has the knowledge and tools to control cholera effectively, but existing resources are not being aligned with the necessary global commitments.Ending Cholera – A Global Roadmap to 2030 emphasizes a shift to proactive approaches, and aims to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent over the next decade.Once cholera grips a community, it becomes increasingly difficult to control. Ending cholera as a health threat by 2030, as global partners and the WHO recently pledged, will require sustained collaboration and commitment from cholera-affected countries, technical partners and international donors.Implementing the plan will prove to be a cost-effective solution for countries saddled with responding to frequent cholera outbreaks.
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