According to WebMD, cholera is is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium calledVibrio cholerae. In 2014, the West African country of Ghana had its worst cholera outbreak since 1982 with 17,000 cases and 150 deaths.
In summer of 2014 popular Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas brought awareness on cholera and started an awareness campaign. The awareness campaign was highly successful amongst young and old in the country of Ghana.
Combat cholera will not only saves lives for the people of Ghana, but it will continue to bring awareness to other countries around the world battling with this disease.#combatcholeraGH wants to take clicktivism to activism.
Measures for the prevention of cholera mostly consist of providing clean water and proper sanitation to populations who do not yet have access to basic services. Health education and good food hygiene are equally important. So what can you and I do to #CombatCholeraGH?
Here are three ways you can help.
Donate $30 and change someone’s life.
Pledge your next birthday for clean water.
Fundraise to raise money.
WHY IS MONEY IMPORTANT?
Organizations need the financial resources to provide a means for a solution. Donations can go to the following areas such as aiding in providing clean water for the Ghanaian water system. Why water is currently a charity organization that aids in the promotion of clean water within countries of Africa. Click here for more information
Health Education programs can be created to give the people of Ghana the knowledge that they need on the importance of cleanliness, washing hands before they eat, using hand sanitizer and opening health centers for communities to engage in health programs. Click here to contact the current Ghana WASH program
Last but not least providing sanitary public restrooms for the public. This is a big deal because, those who work outside in the local food markets use the bathroom often and will need sanitary public spaces to use. Water & Sanitation for the urban poor is an organization in Ghana that is already making an impact in the country for better changes.
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