Treating Epidemics

What a $20 donation can do

Around 1 million people are afflicted with cholera every year. Of these, 98% occur in Africa. When a child contacts cholera, they may die within hours of their first symptom. The bacteria (Vibrio cholerae) releases toxins leading to metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, and eventual cardiovascular collapse.

Pictured to the right is all that is needed to save a life. WHO claims that their oral rehydration fluid (ORF) is just as effective as starting IV fluids when treating cholera. Described below are the ingredients to a homemade version.

Recipe for a Cure:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 1 liter of water
  • supplement drink with bananas mixed with orange juice (potassium, vit C),
  • 20 mg zinc supplement for HIV children to increase life expectancy of  T lymphocytes. Which will reduce duration and severity of symptoms among those even without HIV.

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