How to estimate the initial amount of supplies needed for a cholera outbreak

(0.2% of the population expected to fall ill initially)

The table below gives you an estimate of the amount of supplies you will need according to the number of people in your area. To find the amounts needed for each item, look in the column under the approximate population of your catchment area to the nearest 5000. You may add several columns (e.g. if your health facility serves 35 000 people, add the amounts in the 10 000 and 5000 columns to those in the 20 000 column). Write the amount needed at your health facility in the empty column on the right.

ITEM

Population (+ numbers expected to fall ill)

Your area

5 000

10 000

15 000

20 000

50 000

100 000

(10)

(20)

(30)

(40)

(100)

(200)

Rehydration supplies

ORS packets (for 1 litre each)

65

130

195

260

650

1 300

Nasogastric tubes (adults) 5.3/3.5 mm

(16 Flack) 50 cm

1

1

1

2

3

6

Nasogastric tubes (children)

1

1

1

2

3

6

Ringer's lactate bags, 1 litre, with giving sets

12

24

36

48

120

240

Scalp vein sets

2

3

4

5

10

20

Antimicrobial

Doxycycline, 100 mg (adults)

6

12

18

24

60

120

Erythromycin, 250 mg (children)

24

48

72

96

240

480

Other treatment supplies

Large water dispensers with tap (marked at 5-10 litres)

1

1

1

2

2

4

1-litre bottles for ORS solution

2

4

6

12

20

40

0.5-litre bottles for ORS solution

2

4

6

12

20

20

Tumblers, 200 ml

4

8

12

16

40

80

Teaspoons

2

4

6

8

20

40

Cotton wool, kg

1/2

1

11/2

2

5

10

Adhesive tape, reels

1

1

1

2

3

6

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