In Iraq, taking steps to stamp out cholera

An article from UNICEF
November 9, 2015
With an outbreak of cholera threatening to spread further, UNICEF has launched a campaign to inform vulnerable communities on basic measures for prevention and treatment.
DOHUK, Iraq, 9 November 2015 – In Domiz refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq, Elhani is gathering a group of very excited schoolchildren and having them stand in a circle.
It’s Global Handwashing Day, and normal classes at Kobani primary school have been suspended for a while as children learn an equally important lesson: how to prevent cholera.
Elhani, a refugee from Hasakah in Syria who used to work as a physiotherapist, shows the girls how to wash their hands, miming the actions and watching closely as the children repeat him.
A cholera epidemic was declared in areas south of Baghdad in mid-September, and it has spread across the country, bringing fear with it – especially for those living in crowded camp conditions.
“When they heard about cholera, families in the camp were very scared,” Elhani says.
Elhani selects 10-year-old Rogina to help show the girls the best way to wash one’s hands, and how to blow one’s nose without spreading germs.
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