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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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Zimbabwe - Worsening cholera situation

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As of 7 November 2023, Zimbabwe has recorded 6,685 suspected cholera cases and 136 suspected deaths. For the last two weeks, the number of new cases recorded weekly surpasses 500 – the highest rate to date this year.

The outbreak has now spread to more than the 17 traditional cholera hotspot districts where health personnel are ill-equipped to cope with the outbreak (44 districts have so far reported cases in the country). The crude mortality rate remains above 2% and raises concerns regarding case management and quality of care.

The incident management system for cholera response was activated and a cholera outbreak incident manager appointed at the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate the outbreak response, in line with the Zimbabwe Multi-sectoral Cholera Elimination Plan.

DG ECHO partners are responding to the new wave of cases. A scale-up of the response is urgently needed to address the gaps in WASH, health and nutrition, and risk communication and community engagement.

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Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Humanitarian Impact
  6,685
      Affected Persons
  136
        Deaths

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

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