Zimbabwe

The WHO assumed responsibility for coordinating efforts to combat a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe that the UN estimates has infected at least 8,887 people and killed 366. The Zimbabweans "know their systems have collapsed," Stella Anyangwe, the WHO's representative in South Africa, told reporters. "The WHO is heading the response." The outbreak in Zimbabwe has accompanied a collapse in the health and sanitation systems following a decade of recession and political upheaval. Zimbabwe needs to secure $117,600 immediately to buy body bags, medical equipment and other emergency supplies to combat the epidemic, Anyangwe said. (Bloomberg)

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