UNICEF heading effort to improve Zimbabwe's water
Jul 1, 2011
In an effort to prevent cholera from returning, UNICEF and other humanitarian groups are supplying water treatment chemicals to Zimbabwe that will last through March 2012, according to IRIN News.
Originally UNICEF had given the country enough chemicals to last through June 2011, but increased the supply believing that local governments will be able to purchase their own chemicals once the UNICEF supply runs out in March.
“We are grateful to UNICEF, who positively responded to our request for the extension and gradual withdrawal of the chemicals supply scheme,” Water Resources and Development minister Samuel Sipepa Nkom told the news organization.
More than 4,000 people died in from a cholera outbreak in June 2008 and another 100,000 people were infected. According to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia there are about 120,000 cases of cholera reported every year spanning across 50 countries.
Zimbabwe, with the help of the Federal Republic of Germany, is also taking steps to improve the sanitation infrastructure to prevent any more health disasters from happening in the near future.