Report on Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe and South Africa, November 2008 – March 2009

  • GOTG was one of the first organisations to respond to the cholera outbreak in Messina and Beit Bridge in November 2008. We have spent about R2 million for disaster relief thus far and our efforts are continuing.
  • Following a visit to Zimbabwe on 23rd November 2008 by a team of health workers from the Dept of Health (National and Limpopo Province) made an assessment as to the support that was need to contain Cholera at Beit Bridge.
  • In response, the disaster relief effort was done in conjunction with the Governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Gift of the Givers worked very closely with the Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo Province and the management of local hospitals.
  • GOTG took their first convoy of supplies (worth about R500,000) on 26 November 2008. This included:

- 40,000 water purification tablets
- Cough mixture
- Glucose drips
- Sibusiso Ready Food Supplement- Blankets and mattresses- Tents- Plastic buckets with lids- Gloves and masks
- bottled water
- A generator (for
Beit Bridge Hospital)
- food parcels
medical supplies: admin sets for adults and paediatrics, Canula/Cath

 

Three weeks later, there was a cholera outbreak in Madimbo, 18 km from Limpopo River. At the time, patients were being transferred (by ambulance) from Madimbo to Messina Hospital (a 130 km journey) for treatment. For this reason, the Department of Health in Limpopo requested GOTG to open a clinic in Madimbo, and shortly afterwards, we set up a clinic at Madimbo.

 

Photo Gallery - Beitbridge

Photo Gallery - Beitbridge

Gift of the Givers delivered R1.2 million worth of medical supplies, water, food parcels and Sibusiso Ready Food Supplement to  Beitbridge Hospital in Zimbabwe on November 24, 2008.  Gift of the Givers worked in partnership with the Departments of Health and Social Development.

 

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Photo Gallery - Madimbo Clinic

Photo Gallery - Madimbo Clinic
Gift of the Givers have set-up a Cholera Clinic in Madimbo 130 km from Messina. Madimbo has a population of 45 356.This clinic sees to about 20 confirmed cholera patients per day.



 

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Photo Gallery - Messina Hospital

Photo Gallery - Messina Hospital

A camp set up by Messina Hospital exclusively for cholera patients.  Gift of the Givers contribution to these patients are Sibusiso Ready Food Supplement, medical supplies, water and blankets.

 

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