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Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife. ― Google

Capital: Harare

Dialing code: +263

President: Emmerson Mnangagwa

Population: 14.86 million (2020) World Bank

Currencies: United States Dollar, Real Time Gross Settlement dollar

Official languages: Shona, English, Chewa, Ndebele, Xhosa,

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Measles OutBreak

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Health stakeholders in Zimbabwe are attempting to contain a measles outbreak that has already infected more than 5 735 people and killed at least 639 children.

The outbreak started in April in Manicaland and is now exponentially increasing in all part of the country. Fears are growing as the schools are about to reopen for the third term and as residents of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, face a potable water crisis.

More than 50% of the registered cases have not been vaccinated. The World Health Organization already warned in April about the increase in measles in vulnerable countries as a result of a disruption of services due to COVID-19. 

The government has called for international support to speed up the vaccination coverage and engage with traditional and faith leaders to support the strategy.

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(DG ECHO)
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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(UNICEF)
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(WHO)
Humanitarian Impact
  5,735
      Affected Persons
  639
      Children
  375
        Displaced Persons

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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