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Zimbabwe: Cholera

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe since October 2008; what discussions he has had with governments in the region on the matter; what assistance his Department has given to people affected by the outbreak; and if he will make a statement. (245081)

I have been asked to reply.

The United Nations (UN) in Zimbabwe issues daily and weekly updates on the cholera outbreak, which we are following closely. We are also monitoring the regional impact of the outbreak and the Department for International Development (DFID) offices in the region are in regular touch with Ministries of Health in the affected countries.

DFID is funding a £10 million package to help fight the cholera outbreak and support life-saving health services. DFID’s support includes vital medicines, clean water supplies, purification tablets and rehydration fluids to treat those affected.