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GTFCC virtual event On the Road to Ending Cholera: a discussion on progress and challenges in a new era

9 June 2020 - Webinar Series


The Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) organized a virtual event on June 9th, 2020.


The GTFCC event aimed to highlight the progress made by cholera-affected countries and to reinforce commitments from country decision-makers and partners engaged in cholera control. This event was organized in observance of the 73rd World Health Assembly.

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Day 1 Tuesday, June 9

  • Welcome

    Christian LINDMEIER, WHO

  • Opening remarks

    Dr Tedros GHEBREYESUS, Director General, WHO

Looking back: The journey of Zambia

  • The journey of Zambia towards cholera elimination

    WaterAid Zambia

  • Progress made and challenges encountered since the launch of the National Cholera Plan one year ago

    Fred KAPAYA, National Cholera Coordinator, Zambia National Public Health Institute

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Dialogue 1 - Progress made on cholera control in countries

  • The success of reactive and preventive OCV campaigns to control cholera

    Sanya Tahmina JHORA, Additional Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

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  • Renewed Gavi support to cholera and the need to expand access to OCV

    Seth BERKLEY, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

  • The goal of eliminating cholera in Haiti within reach

    Patrick DELY, Director of Epidemiology, Laboratory and Investigation, Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (Haiti)

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  • Strengthening capacities in countries to control cholera

    Chris BRADEN, Deputy Director National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Country Support Platform: operationalizing the Global Roadmap

  • Anita ZAIDI, Director Vaccine Development, Surveillance and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases programs Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Marc-André BÜNZLI, Thematic advisor/Head Expert Group WASH Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Dialogue 2 - Continued engagement of countries and partners to implement the Global Roadmap

  • Investing efforts in cholera hotspots as markers of poor WASH conditions

    Tim WAINWRIGHT, Chief Executive Officer, WaterAid

  • From outbreak response to long term control of cholera – an investment for the future of the country

    Portia MANANGAZIRA, Director Epidemiology & Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe

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  • Integrating public health, water, sanitation and hygiene in 20 cholera-affected countries

    Emanuele CAPOBIANCO, Director Health & Care Department International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

  • From commitments to actions - implementation of OCV campaign, identification of hotspots and development of a National Cholera Control Plan

    Aschalew ABAYNEH, Deputy Director General, Ethiopian Public Health Institute

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  • Integrating National Cholera Control Plans into existing accountability and monitoring processes

    Muyatwa SITALI, Country Engagement Specialist, Sanitation and Water for All