Zimbabwe in December 2008: Cholera, Poverty, Death – humedica takes action

by DMO/SRI,  2008/12/05

Zimbabwe at the brink: The cholera epidemic has taken on such dramatic proportions that the government in Harare has had to declare a state of emergency. The hospitals can't cope anymore, the health care system is in bad shape. Experts expect 60 000 infections and 10 000 deaths by the spring.

humedica is taking action and sending coordinator Janika Simon from Hamburg to Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany has already assured its support a few days ago.

The diocese of Mutare is in the east of Zimbabwe. Map: public domain

The German government will support humedica's work in Zimbabwe with 200 000 Euros. Foreign aid is indeed sorely needed. In a desperate cry for help, bishop Patrick Mutume of the diocese of Mutare, in the east of Zimbabwe, turned to humedica during a visit to Germany in August 2008.

"A small bottle of water costs 30 US dollars", said Corinna Blume, wo visited the country recently together with Dieter Schmidt (Nesselwang), to assess the situation and the possibilities for humanitarian aid by humedica, confirming the bishop's dramatic words.

Again, it is the children that suffer most under the cholera epidemic and the unbelievable poverty. The humedica-team was able to get an idea of the situation by visiting orphanages and clinics.

Since the supply for hospitals and schools is state-controlled, foreign aid can only be provided indirectly. humedica has found a reliable domestic partner in the Catholic organization CADEC.

Particularly in light of the dangerous cholera situation, the main emphasis will be on medical aid, in order to enable hospitals to resume their work and improve the health situation.

Furthermore, a special programme for the undernourished will support the most needy with food supplies. At a later date, medical missions are planned in more remote villages.

Coordinator Janika Simon will continue to prepare relief operations and carry out first measures. Considering the serious situation for the population, humedica is planning to send more doctors' teams.

Please help us to alleviate the misery of the Zimbabwean people:

humedica e. V.

reference "Simbabwe"

account 47 47

BLZ 734 500 00

Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Please also donate on-line for the people of Zimbabwe. Thank you very much for any form of support.

During their visit, Corinna Blume and Dieter Schmidt were able to get a picture of the situation in the orphanages. Photo: humedica

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