RWA Zambia Calls for Action in light of Cholera Outbreak

RWA Zambia urgently addresses the recurring cholera crisis in Zambia, with a particular emphasis on its detrimental effects on women and children. This ongoing outbreak poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable members of our society. Cholera, a waterborne disease, continues to spread rapidly, compounding the existing challenges faced by communities in Zambia. Inadequate access to clean water, proper sanitation, and limited healthcare infrastructure contribute to the severity of the situation, disproportionately impacting women and children who are more susceptible to the dire consequences of the disease.

Women, often the primary caregivers in households, are shouldering increased burdens as they care for family members who fall ill. This crisis places additional strains on their physical and emotional well-being as they navigate the challenges of managing household responsibilities while supporting sick family members. Children, the future of our society, are exposed to severe health risks due to the cholera outbreak. Malnutrition, insufficient access to healthcare, and compromised immune systems make them particularly vulnerable to the life-threatening effects of cholera. Immediate action is essential to protect their right to health and ensure their survival.

RWA Zambia calls upon the government of Zambia to implement swift and comprehensive measures to address the cholera crisis:

1. Mitigation Strategies: Implement proactive measures to prevent cholera outbreaks, focusing on improving sanitation infrastructure and conducting public awareness campaigns.

2. Clean Water Access: Ensure sufficient access to clean water in villages through the provision of wells and other water sources.

3. Waste Management: Provide government-led transport for collecting garbage, and initiate awareness programs for waste separation to prevent contamination.

4. Chlorination of Wells: Introduce chlorine in village wells to ensure the safety of water sources.

5. Cholera Centers: Build dedicated cholera centres to effectively manage and treat cases.

6. Market and Transport Disinfection: Regularly disinfect markets and public transport areas to curb the spread of the disease.

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