Spectre of cholera still haunts Zimbabwe

Published on 27 May 2009

The death rate was slowing down but the threat of cholera remains "very real", says a report released by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. (...) The report also said Zimbabwe is the most food aid dependent country in the world. Also, nearly 55% of children who died of cholera were malnourished. "Per capita, Zimbabwe is now the most food aid dependent country in the world. The World Food Programme believes that seven million people are in need of food assistance -- somewhere between 65% and 80% of the population," the report states. "The UN believes that 54% of all children who have died from cholera were malnourished, with 47% of the country's population undernourished." The food crisis was caused by several factors including hyperinflation which disenfranchised many agriculture farmers, the report states. "Zimbabwe's fields are sown with substandard seed, scavenged often from granaries or from the side of the road. It is extraordinarily unlikely that the 2009 harvest will significantly surpass 2008 -- the worst in the country's history," says the report

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