DEC Statement on crisis in Zimbabwe

18/12/2008

The DEC Members are gravely concerned about the worsening situation in Zimbabwe and are seeing an escalation in humanitarian need. The recent upsurge in cholera cases is symptomatic of the underlying collapse in public services such as water and health. 

The British Red CrossChristian AidCAFODTearfundOxfam, Save the Children and World Vision have launched their own appeal for funds. They are responding in a number of ways including working towards the prevention of the spread of cholera, providing food aid, distributing non-food items and undertaking child protection work.

The declaration of the Government of Zimbabwe for a national health emergency is welcomed as is the additional financial support provided by the British Government. It is hoped that this may spur other international donors to respond more urgently to the humanitarian needs.
 
The DEC is supporting information exchanges between the Member agencies to ensure a targeted response to the growing crisis, and the Trustees will continue to assess the situation in order to decide whether a DEC appeal is appropriate.