Action Tips: Prevent Cholera

Washing Hands

Cholera may not be a problem in your parents' neighborhood, but as soon you hop a plane to volunteer in a developing country, you'll need to start thinking about it. How do you make sure that you and nobody else in the community you are working in contracts it?


  • Get rid of dead bodies far from water sources. Wash your hands after handling.
  • Build sanitation facilitaries more than 30 meters away from any water source.
  • Make a way for people to wash their hands after using the toilet.
  • Encourage people to wash hands after cooking.


Don't drink water before you treat it. First, filter the water through fabric, sand or another material. Then either:

  • boil the water
  • add lime or lemon
  • add chlorine
Now keep the water in a clean container and don't put your hands in it.


  • Only eat shellfish and fish if they are well-cooked.
  • Don't mix cooked foods with raw foods like salad.
  • Infected people shouldn't handle others' food.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in treated water before eating them. Peel the food if there is no water.
  • Don't have people eat from a communal or shared container.