Cholera has returned to Lebanon after almost three decades. An epidemic was declared on 6 October 2022, the first since 1993. Amid a worldwide spike in cholera infections, the outbreak in Lebanon is evolving at an alarming rate. As of 7 November, over 2,722 suspected cases and 18 fatalities have been reported across the country.
In response, the EU is allocating €800,000 towards community-based water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in areas with a concentration of cholera cases. Ongoing EU humanitarian programmes are also redirecting efforts to address this new emergency.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “We are seeing the situation in Lebanon go from bad to worse, with almost 80% of the population living in poverty. Cholera is an indication of this deteriorating situation and could not have come at a worse time. The EU funding will allow our humanitarian partners to deploy rapid response teams and ensure affected communities consume water that is safe.”