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Since its creation in 1979, ACF has responded to cholera epidemics by involving its WASH department, and more sporadically, its Health & Nutrition department.
Increasingly, ACF national offices are receiving urgent invitations to participate in local outbreak control actions in their work areas, coming from health authorities and partners (donors, international and national NGOs). Due to the importance of taking part on these efforts, a number of naional offices have been recently involved on WASH and medical activities outbreak responses. With the recent re-engagement in health, there is a need to describe and combine both activities and to encourage multidisciplinary working. Moreover, ACF increasingly supports the response in the community by implementing epi-driven, geo-targeted and evidence-based interventions which requires adapted operational guidelines.
The purpose of the ACF cholera operational toolkit is to provide Standard Operating Procedures for ACF field teams to prevent, prepare for and respond to cholera outbreaks, combining both Health and WASH activities and including a component on case management strategy.
Specific objectives are:
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The ACF Cholera operational toolkit is subdivided in five distinct modules:
Each module includes a panel of operational factsheets that can be either strategic briefs or technical briefs (activities and tools). They include materials for decision-making process, key actions for case management and response in the community, and protocols. They summarize information on positioning, objectives, responsibilities, and cross-sectoral collaboration.
The information relates to the different phases of a cholera outbreak (before/during/after), and therefore fits into cholera preparedness and response.
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