Review of the MSF response to the 2008-9 cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe


This evaluation was conducted by Epicentre. In August 2008 an outbreak of cholera occurred outside Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. This outbreak, seen before the regular seasonal increase in cholera cases, retrospectively signalled th ebeginning of the worst cholera epidemic experienced in Zimbabwe’s history. The three sections of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) present in the country (OCA, OCB and OCBA) all responded to the epidemic. By the end of the epidemic, MSF had aided in the care of nearly 65 000 of the 100 000 cases presenting to health structures, in what was one of the largest cholera interventions in MSF’s history. The overall objectives of this review were: Review the overall MSF intervention, including strategies used, timeliness of the response,intersectional cooperation and communication, and collaboration with the MoH and partners; Review of preparedness and regional approaches; Follow-up of recommendations made in the evaluation of the 2006 Angola epidemic.

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Kate Alberti
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