UN avails $3 million for cholera

15 Oct, 2018 - 17:10 0 Views


15 October 2018

Talent Gore

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, July Moyo and United Nations resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli on Friday signed for a $3million allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in response to the cholera outbreak.

Parajuli said CERF will provide life-saving assistance.

“The CERF will provide life-saving assistance to 600 000 people who are infected or at risk of being infected by cholera in 10 hotspot sites in Harare with immediate interventions in health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food aid until the outbreak is contained,” he said.

Noting the recurrence of cholera and other water-borne diseases, Parajuli said what has been done in response to cholera outbreak.

“The challenge that Zimbabwe’s major cities and town and towns face need to be addressed through a deliberate medium to long-term renovation and renewal of water, sanitation and hygiene as well as sustainable waste disposal management infrastructure including proper urban planning,” said Parajuli.

The 10 hotspot areas in Harare are Glen View, Budiriro, Mbare, Epworth, Glen Norah, Granary, Mabvuku, Mufakose, Stoneridge and Kambuzuma.

Minister Moyo said the fund would go a long way in the response to the cholera outbreak.

“This fund will ensure immediate rapid scale up of cholera outbreak response activities, increase access to lifesaving treatment, awareness of cholera prevention among the affected and at risk communities while resource mobilisation efforts continue,” said Minister Moyo.

Following the declaration of a state of emergency over cholera outbreak, Government issued an appeal for $60m to address life-saving, short and medium term needs in water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure.

Handing over the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) mission report to Minister Moyo on the side of the signing ceremony of the UN emergency fund allocation to cholera response, the UN Resident Coordinator said, “It is my sincere hope that the recommendations provided in the mission report will inform disaster risk management and mitigation efforts in Zimbabwe.”

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