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Zimbabwe, 20 January 2017: Typhoid outbreak

HARARE, Zimbabwe – A typhoid outbreak has been reported in the Harare suburb of Mbare. The first death was reported in December, 2016 and the disease has since claimed another life and recorded 2,352 cases, according to the Ministry of Health's EpiBulletin Week 52. So far, additional cases have been reported in Mazowe, Masvingo province and Mutare.

Recently the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. David P. Parirenyatwa and his Local Government, Public Works and National Housing counterpart Hon. Saviour Kasukuwere visited Mbare to assess the extent of the current outbreak and monitor the national response efforts.

UNICEF has been actively assisting the Government to respond to the situation, focusing on three key priority areas:

  • Health: UNICEF and WHO are supporting a cascaded training of health workers in all risk areas and typhoid affected areas and, with funding from the Health Development Fund (HDF), supporting the supply of Ciprofloxacin and other medical supplies for case management through the National Pharmaceutical Company;
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene: UNICEF is supporting the City of Harare to support water quality assessment, monitoring and analysis, while also supporting the repair of non-functional water points through the provision of borehole spare parts;
  • Behavioural change communications / Social mobilization: Through participatory health and hygiene interventions focusing on the dissemination of key health and hygiene messages to prevent, control and manage typhoid.



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