Cholera outbreak highlights failure to invest in infrastructure and health system

The Zimbabwean authorities must urgently take measures to stop and address the cholera epidemic that has so far claimed 20 lives, Amnesty International said after the government today declared the outbreak a national disaster. Initial cases of cholera were reported in Gweru and Harare last month and the capital is now the worst affected area, with more than 15 people confirmed to have died of the infectious disease. The country’s 2008 cholera outbreak, which claimed the lives of more than 4,300 people, was the largest ever recorded in Zimbabwe. Unless…

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Why The Butterfly Cup Is The Best Alternative?

MANY young women in Zimbabwe struggle to manage their menstrual life owing to a plethora of challenges. In most cases, girls in communal areas use rags, mattress stuffing, grass or even cow dung to stop the flow of blood. This can be  extremely stressful and draining. To support women and young girls from the stress associated with menstruation, many alternatives have been introduced. However, from all these choices, The Butterfly Cup has emerged the much sort after alternative. Here is why!!! The answer is a mix of health, safety and…

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Harare Boreholes Not Safe- City Council

THE City of Harare’s Acting Town Clerk, Mr Hosiah Chisango has called on citizens to boil and treat borehole water before drinking as it may contain Cholera and Typhoid causing bacteria owing to the nature of the city’s sewage network. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of an unfolding Cholera epidemic which has claimed more than 20 lives and infected at least 3060 people. Responding to a question during an inter-ministerial meeting where a coordinating team was being set up to monitor the Cholera situation in the…

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