Overview of the strategy to control and prevent cholera in West and Central Africa:The Shield and Sword Concept

The “shield and sword” concept, a common language for a proactive, cross-border and multi-disciplinary strategy to prevent the spread of cholera An evidence-based and multi-sectorial approach targeting high-risk populations, locales, periods and practices Intervention at a national, cross-border and regional level both before and during outbreaks as well as over the long-term Building bridges between emergency response and development programs Achieving national commitment from water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health stakeholders to strongly engage in comprehensive strategies to eliminate cholera Advocacy towards donors as well as WASH and health stakeholders for long-term intervention in cholera hotspots.