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Fighting a typhoid outbreak

When typhoid hit Bindura City, the first days were critical

A fragile and vulnerable nation

Low life expectancy|Malnutrition|Cholera outbreaks

Zimbabwe has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world and the government is unable to provide basic necessities like food, health care, clean water and fuel for its people.

In August 2008, the deteriorating public water and sanitation facilities and a decaying health care system resulted in a large-scale cholera epidemic which killed 4,200 people and made more than 97,000 sick. International Medical Corps responded to this crisis by implementing a comprehensive package of health, water, sanitation and hygiene projects to bring the outbreak under control and ensure Cholera would not cause such suffering again. Today we provide clean water and sanitation, health care, and food support.

Clean water & sanitation: Our community-based health and clean water and sanitation programme benefits more than 220,000 people. We promote hygiene awareness and hand washing messages, for the simple reason that it saves lives. Simple hand-washing with soap and water can reduce rates of diarrhoeal disease by nearly half and the rate of respiratory disease by about one quarter

Training: We work to strengthen the overall health care system in Zimbabwe through providing essential medical supplies to local partners across the country and support the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to train health workers.

Preparedness: International Medical Corps brings families together to help each other with land cultivation, caring for livestock and other business opportunities. The project aims to build on community initiatives and solidarity to strengthen food security and enhance people’s abilities to cope with unforeseen circumstances. The project works with over 66,000 households to increase the amount of food produced by local communities.

Food: We provide screening, treatment and nutritional support to children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Our community health workers assess and treat patients through home visits as well as in clinics and educate families on how to prevent malnutrition.

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Our impact and work


'Tippy taps' become status symbols in rural Zimbabwe

'Tippy taps' become status symbols in rural Zimbabwe

'Tippy taps' become status symbols in rural Zimbabwe

Community health clubs are becoming fashionable in parts of rural Zimbabwe


Rebuilding lives in Zimbabwe

Rebuilding lives in Zimbabwe

Rebuilding lives in Zimbabwe

Giving a strong woman back her independence.


We trained Richard Ndebele - and now he's passing his knowledge of childhood nutrition onto mothers

Annah talks hygiene Zimbabwe

Simple hygiene skills save lives

Simple hygiene skills save lives

Protection for a community in Zimbabwe

How training in water, sanitation and hygiene is helping the San Community stop the spread of preventable diseases

Fixing water pipes Tile

Diary of an emergency

Diary of an emergency

Typhoid outbreak

Following a typhoid outbreak in Bindura City, Zimbabwe, in early 2012, International Medical Corps mobilized a comprehensive emergency response to stop the spread and ensure the response was sustainable.

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