World Vision continues its fight against cholera in Angola.

By July 11, 2006

Angola (MNN)–The World Health Organization says the cholera outbreak in Angola has killed over two thousand people.

Half of the 44-thousand reported cases occurred in the overcrowded living conditions of the country’s capitol, Luanda, where there is an inadequate supply of clean water and poor sanitation.

The outbreak has now spread to 14 of 18 provinces, with a fatality rate as high as 30 percent in the hardest-hit areas. The ones most vulnerable to succumbing are the children.

Usually spread by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food, cholera’s symptoms severely dehydrate.

Victims suffer from vomiting, leg cramps and diarrhea that can lead to severe dehydration and even death. The disease usually can be treated by aggressive rehydration.

With the help of a $385,900 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Vision is boosting its response to fighting the epidemic. The team works closely with Angola’s Ministry of Health, supplying medical supplies, safe drinking water and bleach to control the spread of cholera in affected and vulnerable communities. Staff are also conducting training and education sessions to help contain the outbreak.

As the teams work to meet the physical needs, pray that their faith stands out.

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