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Zimbabwe: Cholera

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to alleviate the water shortage in Harare; and if he will make a statement. (243674)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has delivered £3 million altogether to UNICEF to support the distribution of safe, potable water to cholera affected areas in Zimbabwe. UNICEF leads a cluster of over 25 partners working together to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene in the poorest areas of the country are addressed. The high density areas of Harare are among those worst affected by the cholera epidemic. Since October 2008, UNICEF and its partners have been trucking in safe water, digging boreholes, installing mechanised pumps and treating wells. These actions have helped to increase the availability of clean water in these areas.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to alleviate the effects of the cholera outbreak in Harare. (243675)

The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate. The cholera epidemic is the biggest in Zimbabwe's history. The United Nations (UN) is predicting that as many as 60,000 could be affected in the coming weeks. The Department for International Development (DFID) is funding a £10 million package to help fight the cholera outbreak and support life-saving health services, including in the worst affected areas such as Harare.