Aid organisations warn Zimbabwe’s cholera crisis is far from over

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b693
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Aid organisations spearheaded by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have warned the cholera outbreak crisis in Zimbabwe is not over, and have called for a more concerted and effective global response to the humanitarian emergency.

    “The epidemic is far from under control,” MSF says in a report released in Harare and Johannesburg on 17 February called “Beyond Cholera: Zimbabwe’s worsening crisis.”

    “Further scaling up of coordinated interventions at national, provincial, district, and community level will be needed to arrest the epidemic from increasing,” Fadela Chaib, World Health Organization spokeswoman, told reporters.

    MSF said there was “a clear lack of a strong, coordinated, international response,” to the crisis.

    In early February, the focus of the cholera outbreak has shifted from the cities to rural areas where access to health care …

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