The European Union (EU) has donated close to $100 000 to fight cholera which has killed 49 people, mainly in Harare, since the outbreak of the water-borne disease was reported on September 6.
The EU money will be used to help people in most affected areas like Glen View and Budiriro in Harare and Chitungwiza..
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EU Statements reads:
In response to a severe outbreak of cholera that is believed to have infected over 6 400 people in Zimbabwe according to the World Health Organisation, the European Union is providing €90 000 in humanitarian funding to help control the deadly epidemic.
The outbreak was declared on 6th September in the capital Harare and was followed by the proclamation of a state of emergency on 11th September. Five out of the country’s 10 provinces have reported sporadic cases.
The EU funding will support the Zimbabwe Red Cross to carry out life-saving actions through the early detection of cases, followed by an immediate response at the community level and appropriate care for all patients.
The humanitarian aid will directly benefit 15 000 people who live in Budiriro, Glen View, Chitungwiza and Mbare, the four affected suburbs of Harare where the outbreak originated.
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Cholera is an acute epidemic infectious disease. It is characterized by watery diarrhea, extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes, and severe dehydration. It can be fatal. Read More About Cholera Outbreaks in Zimbabwe