Cholera has produced 7 pandemics and remains a significant and neglected public health threat, which disproportionately affects the poor and imposes significant economic costs. Cholera outbreaks continue to spread across many countries with dramatic consequences, overwhelming stretched health systems and diverting resources from other programs. Endemic situations are not controlled in a number of rural and urban settings in Africa, Asia and Haiti. In 2011, the World Health Assembly (WHA) recommended to the World Health Organization (WHO) to revitalize the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) and to strengthen WHO’s work in this area, including improved collaboration and coordination among relevant stakeholders. The vision of the revitalized GTFCC is to keep cholera prevention and control on the global public health agenda, disseminate current and emerging evidence on cholera control, and coordinate integrated control efforts.
The SAGE Working Group on the revision of WHO recommendations on Oral Cholera Vaccines is expected to be set up and start functioning by December 2015, and is expected to accomplish its task and tentatively present its conclusions to the SAGE in April 2017.
Collective expertise needed in the working group
- Immunization programme planning and implementation
- Vaccinology, particularly in the domain of cholera control
- Epidemiology, particularly in the domain of cholera control
- Vaccine safety
- Clinical / travel medicine
- Emergency response
- Health economy
- Maternal immunization
Proposals for nominations should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a Curriculum Vitae, indication of relevant expertise, and a completed declaration of interest form. Only complete nominations received by Friday 30 October 2015, will be considered.