Press Releases

26 Feb 2009
UN inter-agency mission stresses need to strengthen humanitarian work in Zimbabwe
(Johannesburg/New York, 26 February 2009): A United Nations inter-agency humanitarian mission to Zimbabwe said on Thursday that the country's humanitarian crisis remained grave and called on both the government and the international community to support efforts by the humanitarian community to strengthen its work there.

Some of the most acute manifestations of Zimbabwe's complex humanitarian crisis include one of the world's worst outbreaks of cholera and up to seven...

30 Jan 2009
Cholera cases in Zimbabwe surpass 60,000; UN humanitarian fund gives $7 million to combat the disease
(New York, 30 January 2009): The number of cholera cases in Zimbabwe has surpassed the World Health Organization's (WHO) worst-case scenario figure of 60,000, an indication that the epidemic is still far from under control despite concerted efforts by local health authorities, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. The disease has claimed the lives of 3,095 people as of 28 January.

In an effort to bolster the fight against the spread of the disease, the...

19 Dec 2008
Cholera spreading rapidly in Zimbabwe
(New York, 19 December 2008): The serious cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe continues to spread. Several new areas of Harare and other towns and cities have recorded outbreaks this week, and the total affected population is over 20,800. The case fatality rate is now 5.4% and the aggregate number of deaths from the crisis exceeds 1,100 since September.

"The current situation in Zimbabwe is extremely worrying, but aid agencies, donors and the Government of Zimbabwe are...

24 Nov 2008
2009 Humanitarian appeal seeks US$ 7 billion to aid 30 million people
(Abu Dhabi, 24 November 2008): His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE and President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, today hosted a global launch of the 2009 Humanitarian Appeal, in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"We are delighted to welcome so many distinguished guests and host this important event with the United Nations, raising our voice on behalf of the...

18 Sep 2008
Statement on Zimbabwe by John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and ERC
(New York, 18 September 2008): The humanitarian community in Zimbabwe is moving quickly to provide assistance to the large needy groups in Zimbabwe, particularly the most vulnerable. This is a critical moment, which comes immediately after the peaceful resolution of the political stalemate in Zimbabwe and the lifting of the restrictions on field operations of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Already, NGOs and UN agencies are re-establishing operations to provide basic...