The Cholera Crowdfund created by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development last month has received over $770 000 in cash.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
This was revealed by Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube who was represented by the ministry’s deputy director National Budgets Department Mr Joram Pfunye. He said this at the launch of the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro 1, Harare.
Professor Ncube said the crowdfund as of September 28 had collected $770 925.
“The money we have received so far in the Cholera Crowdfund as at 28 September 2018 is $770 925, 80. From the Ecocash Biller Code we have $3 453. But all in all as I said in the Cholera Crowdfund its $770 925, 80. That’s the money we have in our account so far,” he said.
Minister Ncube added that there were also donations in kind that came through.
“We also had donations in kind mainly coming from the Ministry of Health and Childcare. The total amount of donations in kind amount to $832591. UK’s DFID contributed the most towards the Ministry of Health. These are the goods in kind,” he said. “We are waiting for those with donations in kind to come with their receipts so we can document.”
Minister Ncube said they got a budget of $63 million.
“From the Ministry of Finance, when the issue of cholera outbreak started we reacted swiftly. Yes it may not be enough in terms of resources but we were able to put in some monies towards the cholera outbreak. We were given a budget of around $63 million and out of that budget we were able to disburse about $15, 7 million and from that money $11 million was given to the ministry of health,” he said.
He continued, “… They are busy in terms of drawing down that money at various forms in terms of fighting cholera. The remaining $4, 7 million was given to the City of Harare and Civil Protection Unit. We are seized with the issue of solid waste management at Pomona directed by City of Harare and the rest of that money is for the software component.”
The World Health Organisation also donated cholera kits while Bakers Inn gave six bowsers of water to be distributed in affected areas on a monthly basis until the outbreak is contained.
“The tanks are filled in on a daily basis thus free safe 30 000 litres of water provided daily. This means nearly a million litres of safe water will be provided every month,” said Bakers Inn
Joining in the fight against cholera was William Bain Holdings which also donated $35 000 worth of goods namely water bowsers and skip bins.
Econet Wireless donated $10 million dollars while the President’s fund injected $100 000. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority pumped in a massive $200 000 while NetOne committed 1 million litres of safe water.