ProMED data used to inform a study on cholera in Africa published in the Lancet
ProMED data was used to inform a study recently published in the Lancet. The article, “Mapping the burden of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa and implications for control: an analysis of data across geographical scales” by Justin Lessler, et al. was published in the Lancet on May 12, 2018 and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The study was aimed to map the burden of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa and assess how geographical targeting could lead to more efficient interventions. Using data from ProMED along with WHO, MSF, ReliefWeb, MOH, and scientific literature, the authors found that the highest incidence of cholera is concentrated in a small proportion of the continent of Africa and that it may be beneficial to prioritize these high-risk areas to improve the efficiency of programs.