DOVE – Stop Cholera
The goal of the DOVE (Delivering Oral Vaccine Effectively) project is to ensure that populations at risk of cholera receive oral cholera vaccine (OCV) in an appropriate and effective manner. DOVE works in close collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and other partners to provide tools and resources to countries and agencies who are dealing with the threat of cholera in order to assist them in making evidence-based decisions regarding when and how to use OCV. The vaccine can reduce the risk of contracting cholera by 65 to 75 percent for five years.
CCP supports the knowledge management, advocacy, documentation and dissemination activities of the project. Additionally, the project seeks to advocate for the greater use of oral cholera vaccine as part of an integrated strategy to fight cholera and disseminate practical resources and how-to guides to help program managers and governments decide if, when, where and how to use the vaccine. DOVE has published more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles and is actively conducting studies to address constraints to oral cholera vaccine use, use of vaccine during pregnancy and alternative delivery strategies, including the effectiveness of a single dose.
Since joining the project in 2013, CCP has:
- Supported the development and publication of the Stop Cholera Toolkit, an online collection of practical resources and how-to guides to help program managers and governments help decide if, when, where and how to use the oral cholera vaccine to reduce cholera mortality, prevent cases and halt outbreaks.
- Supports the publication of “Field Stories” that highlight how the oral cholera vaccine has been successfully implemented in different settings, lessons learned and considerations for future implementers.
- Supported the creation of a manual for OCV campaigns, a document that can be adapted by program managers for training health care workers on how to carry out a vaccination campaign.
- Manages the StopCholera.org website and social media for DOVE @STOPCholera.