The African Development Bank extended a $1 million grant to Zimbabwe to combat cholera

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Manager Damoni Kitabire noted that despite the fact that the Bank will not provide any loans to Zimbabwe until the country pays its debt, The Bank continues to provide grants worth more than US$200 million to finance various projects in the field of energy, health, water and agriculture.

Recall that in September Zimbabwe was hit by a severe cholera outbreak, which saw 2 000 cases being reported per week, and left over 50 people dead.

“This support to Zimbabwe will compliment government efforts and assistance by development partners, as well as the World Health Organisation, to avert a national and regional social and economic catastrophe by making it possible to prevent further deaths from cholera as well as containing its spread beyond the current affected areas,” Kitabire said.

Finance Minister Mtuli Ncube, who received a grant on behalf of the government, said that the infrastructure of water, sanitation and hygiene of the country is in a difficult situation.

He noted that the lack of adequate funding and fiscal imbalances had contributed to the deterioration of the work of the WASH services in Zimbabwe.

Ncube added that the private sector’s parallel crowdfunding efforts had brought in $13.8 million.

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