Zimbabwe: OCHA Monthly Humanitarian Update, Aug 2009


Key Points

- Government and Humanitarian Community conduct joint assessment on the situation of IDPs

- AH1N1 Influenza strikes in Zimbabwe

- Zimbabwe marks inaugural World Humanitarian Day

- New CAP cycle for Zimbabwe begins

- More donors contribute to support agriculture

I. Situation Overview

Zimbabwe's humanitarian situation recorded some important gains over the previous months. However, while these recent developments allow some room for optimism, the country's humanitarian situation remains fragile and renewed efforts are needed to consolidate the gains.

The official end of the cholera epidemic in July 2009, favourable rainfall during the last agricultural campaign coupled with a general improvement of yields and a dramatic reduction of the projected number of food aid beneficiaries are all reasons for cautious optimism.

However, the situation remains grave. While in general some of the effects of the humanitarian situation are being addressed, significant investment is required to address the causes. In this regard, humanitarians are bracing for a new cholera outbreak with the onset of the rainy season.

It is expected that the mechanisms created to curb the previous epidemic will contribute substantially to reduce the impact of a new cholera outbreak. However, many of the root causes of the outbreak, chiefly the inadequacy of water, sanitation and health networks, still need to be addressed.

On the other hand, it is still early to be very optimistic about the reduction in the projected number of food aid beneficiaries, as the figure is still closely linked to subsistence agriculture. A great deal still depends on favourable weather and the absence of natural disasters, to which Zimbabwe is prone.


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