Visits were made to USAID, the State Department, the C.D.C. (U.S. affiliate of the World Health Organization) and to Council members of the Global Alliance Against Cholera and Other Waterborne Infectious Diseases (G.A.A.C.). While the results of their visits to the official agencies remain unclear at this time, Dr. Kalenga stated his Governments great appreciation for the long-standing humanitarian work of the Veolia Foundation, originator of the G.A.A.C. Council!
This he explained, was for its ongoing advocacy campaign to focus on the prevention of cholera, citing the example of the Foundations leadership in the organization and funding of the Uvira, South Kivu, potable water generation and distribution rehabilitation project! When completed, this activity will assure an uninterrupted supply of effectively treated water to be made available throughout the 250,000 population living in this major Eastern Congo urban center.
It was Dr. Bompangue's recommendation that the G.A.A.C. Council members present, and those unable to participate, continue their advocacy for prevention of cholera among the principal funding and material resource agencies with which they were associated! Details on the dimensions of the epidemic, current and projected, as well as on the financing and material resources needed to end the current crisis are available through the G.A.A.C. Secretariat.