More than a million people throughout Zimbabwe have received assistance from Red Cross recently, as the country is beset by a food crisis and the worst cholera epidemic in Africa for more than 15 years.
Working closely with Zimbabwe Red Cross, the International Red Cross movement has played a major role in contributing to cholera response operations, covering almost 60 per cent of cholera cases countrywide.
Funds raised by our Zimbabwe Crisis Appeal 2009 are contributing to the International Red Cross response, providing non-food assistance, health care, water and sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion, technical support to national health services, and capacity building to the Zimbabwe Red Cross, particularly for volunteers working with highly specialised Emergency Response Units.
Although the rate of infection has dropped over the past months, the risk remains in Zimbabwe, according to a recent Red Cross report '100,000 cases: The spectre of cholera'. This report is downloadable below.
What is Red Cross doing?
Zimbabwe Red Cross is supporting some of the country's most vulnerable people, and is working closely with the global Red Cross movement to provide immediate food aid, improve access to safe and adequate water and sanitation, and improve awareness on the spread of disease.
Mid to long-term efforts hope to give 665,000 households in high-risk areas sustainable access to clean water and basic sanitation. Longer term agricultural programs are also underway, to provide people a way of rebuilding livelihoods and producing their own food.
Zimbabwe Crisis Appeal 2009
This appeal is now closed. Donations to this appeal are contributing to the International Red Cross response, providing:
- emergency food and agricultural recovery items
- access to clean water hygiene and sanitation
- education for up to 1.5 million people
- specialist aid workers to assist the Red Cross response.
Note: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an International Appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will use any excess funds to help vulnerable people and communities within the same region of the world.
The Federation report: '100,000 Cases - The Spectre of Cholera'