Typhoid Outbreak in Bindura City, Zimbabwe
An emergency response to Typhoid
Treating cases|Stopping the spread|Training health workers
Following a typhoid outbreak in Bindura City, Zimbabwe, in early 2012, International Medical Corps, with support from the European Commission, mobilised a comprehensive emergency response.
The response would effectively treat existing cases, mitigate the spread of the highly-communicable disease, train local health workers to ensure sustainable care and educate vulnerable communities on healthy hygiene practices.
Three weeks on
Due to blanket distribution of water purification tablets, health education and decontamination of shallow wells, the number of new typhoid cases tapers off in week two. By week three, the typhoid outbreak is deemed under control, with no other outbreaks occurring in the province. International Medical Corps resumes normal health and hygiene activities, including training for community volunteers and health workers, to empower local residents to prevent future disease outbreaks.
Our work in providing emergency response to disease outbreaks in Zimbabwe was made possible through funding and support from the European Commission.