The response to a cholera outbreak must focus on limiting mortality and reducing spread of the disease. It should be comprehensive and multisectoral including: epidemiology, case management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), logistics, community engagement and risk communication. All efforts must be well coordinated to ensure a rapid and effective response across sectors.

This document provides a framework to detect and monitor cholera outbreaks and to organize the response. It includes a short section linking outbreak response to both preparedness and long-term prevention activities.