few people can afford the treatment at Kalemie's
only private hospital, but the survival rates for cholera victims are not
much better than at the local hospital. In Congo, cholera has become the
symbol of the international society's neglect. In the hospital in the
village of Kalamie, the doctors and nurses work frantically to treat their
patients in the permanent cholera wing. The ill lie in specially designed
cholera beds. During epidemics, more than half the patients die, although
most of those suffering from cholera never even make it to the hospital.