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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe. (255797)

The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is dire. Around 70,000 people have been affected by the country’s worst ever cholera outbreak and over 3,000 have died. Water and sanitation systems and the health service are collapsing. Over six million people are receiving food aid and HIV/AIDS continues to decimate households. The international community is doing all it can to alleviate the situation and support ordinary Zimbabweans. The UK will provide £47 million in life-saving support this year and is one of the leading donors in the cholera response and the UN food programme. None of this aid goes through government of Zimbabwe systems.