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One WASH promotes a common yet adaptable approach among National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes and to broaden its scope to prioritize its impact in cholera elimination, nutrition, provision of water for livestock, strengthening delivery of improved hygiene and in both rural and urban settings. This new, broadened initiative reflects our approach in integrating WASH and Health in a more sustainable solution to the holistic needs of vulnerable populations.
Every case and death from cholera is preventable with the tools we have today: effective cholera prevention and control interventions are well established. However, current efforts focus more on emergency response that have a minor impact on long-term control or elimination of cholera over time.

Implementing One WASH

One WASH focuses on 18 cholera-affected countries initially where National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are committed to the elimination of the disease. The strategy focuses on two main actions that are closely interlinked and operate in full alignment with the GTFCC cholera road map, the Global Water and Sanitation Initiative, and IFRC cholera strategy.

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1. Improve preparedness, early detection, and response to contain cholera outbreaks

The One WASH programme will support communities to be well prepared for early response when an outbreak happens. It will support existing health care systems with community-based surveillance for early detection and monitoring of diarrhoeal outbreaks at community level. It will also improve access to care by providing community level treatment through provision of oral rehydration therapy, setting up Oral Rehydration Points and referrals of severe cases. Prevention activities such as water treatment, hygiene and health promotion are included as key parts of the approach to managing outbreaks. In addition, the approach will support local governments and partners with oral vaccination campaigns in emergency situations as appropriate.

2. A long-term integrated WASH approach to prevent cholera

One WASH will invest in sustainable long-term water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, and will embed health and nutrition support as well as provision of water for livestock in integrated WASH programmes as appropriate. Year-round health and hygiene behaviour change communication and social marketing programmes will be implemented in communities, including advocacy and support to cholera vaccination campaigns.

For more information please download the leaflet or contact Robert Fraser or Alexandra Machado

IFRC presentation GTFCC Annecy June 2018
OneWASH June18 ppt

Islamic Innovative Funding Model IFRC_Sukuk_Wash_06_big_pdf

IFRC Cholera framework Africa

Africa IFRC & WHO together to eliminate Cholera

IFRC OFID proposal One WASH OFID Revised proposal (2) May 18

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC)brings together all multi-sector technical partners from around the world to support countries in their fight against cholera, offering an effective and well-coordinated platform whose secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Launching the strategy titled Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030, the GTFCC partners aim to reduce global cholera deaths by 90%. With the commitment of cholera-affected countries, technical partners, and donors, as many as 20 countries could eliminate disease transmission by 2030.

for more information regarding Global Task Force on Cholera Control

Global Task Force on Cholera Control Website
declaration-ending-cholera (1)

Important Resources and links

Click here to link to page on cholera and related resources

Cholera in Africa please visit “The West & Central Cholera platform”(it will be extend to Eastern and Southern Africa soon) Cholera platform

Stop Cholera , John Hopkins is a collection of practical resources

STOP cholera toolkit


Training packages WHO and WASH cluster Cholera Repository
UNICEF cholera toolkit Cholera-Toolkit-2017