As reported earlier this week in Voice of America News, the Zimbabwe health ministry is making plans to target typhoid, cholera and other water-borne diseases in the new year. Specialists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from South Africa are aiding Zimbabwe's capitol, Harare, to address water and sanitation problems that could potentially lead to an outbreak of disease reminiscent of a 2008-2009 cholera outbreak that claimed more than 4,200 lives from nearly 100,000 cases.
However, leaders in Harare are worried that even with specialist help, there may not be sufficient funds to make necessary changes to Zimbabwe's water and sanitation infrastructure.
For some water-borne diseases, like typhoid, vaccines are available to protect at-risk populations when access to safe water and proper sanitation is not yet possible. To learn more about typhoid vaccines, visit the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) website.
To read more about Zimbabwe's fight against water-borne illness, see the full article at Voice of America.