About the GTFCC

A global network coordinating the fight against cholera

Harnessing the power of modern methods to tackle an old disease

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control is a partnership of more than 50 institutions, including NGOs, academic institutions, and UN agencies.

We bring together organizations working across multiple sectors and serve as an effective platform to support countries in the implementation of the Global Roadmap, which targets a 90% reduction in cholera deaths and cholera elimination in 20 countries.

The GTFCC synchronizes partners’ efforts and investments toward a coordinated, multi-sector approach to cholera control as outlined in the Global Roadmap.

Our role

The GTFCC offers countries the capacity, tools, and assistance to develop National Cholera Plans (NCPs) and implement them effectively, including:

  • Technical support and assistance
  • Partnership at local and global levels
  • Policy guidance
  • Capacity building
  • Implementation of research
  • Advocacy and communications support
  • Fundraising and resource mobilization

Building a movement to end cholera

The GTFCC was created in 1992 in the context of an unprecedent cholera outbreak in Peru.

In 2011 following the emergence of cholera in Haiti, the 64th World Health Assembly called for the renewal of the GTFCC.

In 2014, the GTFCC was revitalized to create new momentum around cholera control and play a critical role in coordinating partners and activities.

In 2017, with the launch of Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030, the GTFCC became the locus of a highly energized community of organizations, countries, and donors seeking to control cholera. Partner organizations signed the Declaration to End Cholera, committing their resources and expertise to carrying out the Global Roadmap.

In 2018, WHO member states passed a resolution at the 71st World Health Assembly committing to the Global Roadmap. That same year, at the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, 47 African countries adopted a regional framework in alignment with the Roadmap.

Since the launch of the Global Roadmap strategy, the movement to end cholera has been steadily growing, led by countries like Zambia, Haiti, Bangladesh, and many others, whose leaders are taking bold and courageous action to end cholera in their countries and around the world.

GTFCC declaration on Ending Cholera
WHA resolution
African Regional Framework

The Steering Committee provides direction, leadership and oversight of all GTFCC activities. Members representing GTFCC partners conduct high-level advocacy to increase awareness about cholera as a public health threat. The Committee meets on a quarterly basis with at least one face to face meeting annually. The Chair of the Steering Committee also serves as Chair of the GTFCC.

In our charter, the members of the Global Task Force affirm the vision of a world in which cholera no longer presents a threat to public health and commit to the target of a 90% reduction in cholera deaths by 2030.

In the run-up to 2030, we rely on our many partners to achieve our objective: UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs.

GTFCC Partners

A framework for action

A new design to drive the Global Roadmap

The structure of the GTFCC has been progressively strengthened to enhance its capacity to support countries:

Global Strategic Direction and Accountabilty

The Global Strategic Direction and Accountabilty is provided by a steering committee of 11 members representing GTFCC institutions, donors and endemic countries, and a General Assembly of all stakeholders meeting once a year. An Independent Review Panel provide transparent and in-depth review of NCPs for endorsement by the GTFCC.

GTFCC secretariat

The GTFCC secretariat is hosted by WHO and ensures coordination between the WHO cholera program and the Country Support Platform.

WHO cholera program

The WHO cholera program establishes and upholds norms and standards for cholera control efforts through the GTFCC technical working groups:

  • Case Management
  • Epidemiology & Surveillance
  • Laboratory & Surveillance
  • Oral Cholera Vaccine
  • WASH

Country Support Platform

The Country Support Platform is a separate operational entity that leads GTFCC support to countries, including technical assistance (short, medium and long term), policy and advocacy, resource mobilization and fundraising, capacity building, and implementation of research projects.