Zimbabwe Cholera Crisis
Children are extremely vulnerable to dying from cholera, especially without adequate access to clean water and medical care.
A cholera patient receives care in a clinic in the Kariba district in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is facing an unprecedented cholera epidemic that has devastated thousands. More than 3,700 people have died and over 78,000 people have fallen ill. The situation is critical and the Canadian Red Cross is urging the public to make a financial donation. Cholera is both treatable and preventable and your support can help save lives.
The International Red Cross Movement and Zimbabwe Red Cross staff and volunteers are working around the clock to provide treatment, distribute supplies and provide preventative education to communities throughout the country. Because of the large proportion of deaths that continue to occur outside of the cholera clinics, an intensive effort has been initiated to bring assistance closer to vulnerable communities. Four Canadian Red Cross delegates have been deployed to assist with operations in Zimbabwe and the Canadian Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation and send additional resources as needed.
Although the Red Cross is providing support to people throughout Zimbabwe, more help is needed. Your financial donation will support Red Cross personnel, provide additional medical supplies, increase safe water provisions and sanitation facilities and train local staff and volunteers to deliver health and hygiene messages throughout the country. You have an opportunity to help the Red Cross stop the spread of cholera in Zimbabwe – and save lives.
- Zimbabwe cholera crisis diary - Part V - 6 February 2009, Matt Cochrane in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe cholera crisis diary - Part IV - 5 February 2009, Matt Cochrane in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe cholera crisis diary - Part III - 4 February 2009, Matt Cochrane in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe cholera crisis diary - Part II - 3 February 2009, By Matt Cochrane in Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe cholera crisis diary - Part I - 2 February 2009, Matt Cochrane, IFRC communications manager for Southern Africa, in Kwekwe, (province), Zimbabwe
Please donate today:
- Toll-free at 1-800-418-1111
- By mailing a cheque or money order to Canadian Red Cross, 170 Metcalfe Street, Ste 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2. Earmark your donation “Zimbabwe Cholera Crisis
In-kind donations of food, clothing and other items, while well intentioned, are not the best way to help those in need. There are tremendous processing and transportation costs involved in shipping these items to beneficiaries. Local purchases of food and clothing are more culturally appropriate and effective. Red Cross supplies can be purchased in the immediate area, thereby reducing transportation costs. Cash transfers to the affected region provide the optimum flexibility to our Red Cross colleagues so they can meet the most urgent needs.