For Immediate Release
Efforts Scaled Up as Cholera Sweeps Zimbabwe
announced a scaling up of its ongoing efforts to address the onset of
cholera across southern Zimbabwe. State-owned media announced new
cholera outbreaks in the city of Beitbridge on November 18, which to
date has claimed more than 300 lives, with more than a 6,000 infections
confirmed by medical organizations working in the region.
The most recent outbreak is the fifth since August of this year,
bringing the total figure of infections in Zimbabwe to almost 8,400,
resulting in at least 328 deaths. This recent proliferation of cholera
outbreaks is attributed to the collapse of water and sanitation
infrastructure in urban areas, resulting in sewage contaminating the
population's water supply. This comes at a time when public heath
services have broken down, resulting in long lines of people infected
with cholera awaiting medical assistance.
Since the 1st of November, Action Against Hunger has responded to
these outbreaks in collaboration with colleague NGOs on the ground and
our funding partner ECHO. These ongoing programs provide local
populations with access to safe water, ensure emergency sanitation
measures, and promote health and hygiene education to stop the spread
of this deadly water-borne disease. Action Against Hunger has
intervened in the highly populated suburbs of Zimbabwe's capital,
Harare, along with new programs launched this week in Beitbridge,
ensuring clean water and proper sanitation for the more than 30,000
people affected in the region.
In cooperation with our humanitarian partners on the ground, Action
Against Hunger's teams continue to monitor vulnerable areas in order to
respond in a timely and coordinated manner. The arrival of the rainy
season is another threat to containing these cholera outbreaks.
Action Against Hunger has worked in Zimbabwe since 2002 on water and sanitation programs and food security initiatives.
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