Cholera is one of the oldest known infectious diseases. Seven times in recorded history, cholera has emerged from its presumed natural home near the Bay of Bengal and spread globally. Although each of the previous six pandemics receded, the present (seventh) pandemic has persisted for over 50 years.1 Sub-Saharan Africa is one region in which cholera has persisted, with both endemic regions (ie, regions with persistent incidence) and sporadic, high-mortality epidemics, which can amplify already complex crises such as famines and civil conflict.2 Between 2000 and 2015, 52 812 (83%) of 63 658 cholera deaths reported by WHO occurred in sub-Saharan Africa,3 although this percentage is probably an……… continue reading