A serious outbreak of cholera occurred in Freetown in July 2012, threatening the rest of the country.
Oxfam scaled up rapidly with additional staff and funding, helping improve the water and sanitation facilities at a cholera treatment centre, distributing oral rehydration solution, promoting good hygiene standards, and monitoring water quality with the local authorities.
We worked with a number of existing 'Blue Flag' volunteers, equipping them to build public awareness of the risks of cholera and how to reduce them. This hugely increased our reach into some of the most vulnerable communities.
As the disease spread out of the capital, we expanded our programme into Tonkolili and Kounadougou, and overall we were able to support over 400,000 people.