7.1 Health education
Health education is the key to public awareness and cooperation.
An outbreak can be more quickly controlled when people understand how to help
limit its spread. Experienced health educators therefore play an important role
in epidemic control. Community and service organizations can also be useful in
disseminating health messages through their programmes.
It is particularly important to inform people that most cases of
cholera can be treated with simple measures, and that vaccination is not
effective. There is no substitute for drinking only safe water, practising good
personal hygiene, and preparing food safely. (See Annex 3 for examples of
appropriate health education