Zimbabwe Network for Health – Europe

ZimHealth Response to Cyclone Idai

A man stands next to the wreckage a vehicles washed away on March 18, 2019 in Chimanimani, eastern Zimbabwe, after the area was hit by the cyclone Idai. (Photo by Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP)

The Zimbabwe Network for Health joins the Zimbabwean family at home and abroad in mourning the tragedy that has befallen the countries of Madagascar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in the wake of Cyclone Idai, one of the worst cyclones recorded on the African continent. As of today, almost 800 people have lost their lives, hundreds remain missing and hundreds of thousands have woken up into a humanitarian crisis that spans across borders.

In Zimbabwe alone, over 150 are dead with many more missing, 200 are injured and hundreds more are marooned. In total almost 5000 people have been completely displaced with the Zimbabwean government struggling to bring help in areas where 95% of the road networks have been damaged. 40 doctors from PMSI, the Zimbabwean Medical Association, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwean Army are working in the affected areas.

ZimhHealth supports, and will continue supporting, the work of the many organisations working to rescue survivors, feed and clothe the affected and retrieve those who have lost their lives. At the same time, ZimHealth has undertaken to prioritise health institutions that have been affected by the cyclone and support the distribution of medical supplies in the area. Members of our Zimbabwean team are on the ground compiling lists of items and institutions in need and ZimHealth Europe has undertaken to add the affected institutions to the 7 health institutions that had been targeted for our 2019 projects.

We are appealing to members and friends of ZimHealth to join us in the long road to recovery for the tens of thousands of people affected by this crisis. To those wishing to donate, please mark ‘Cyclone Idai’ as a reference in your bank transfer. To those wishing to get more information on directly contributing to the relief efforts, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@zimhealth.org.

Swiss franc Account
UBS Branch: UBS SA Geneva-OMS
Avenue Appia 20, 1202 Geneva
Beneficiary: ZimHealth
Account number: 0279-295834.40E
IBAN: CH900027927929583440E
Clearing: 0279

US dollar Account
UBS Branch: UBS SA, Geneva OMS
Avenue Appia 20, 1202 Geneva
Beneficiary: ZimHealth
Account number: 0279-295834.60T
IBAN: CH050027927929583460T
Clearing: 0279

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Cyclone Idai –  A man looks at a washed away bridge along Umvumvu river following Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, March 18, 2019. (c) REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

The Zimbabwe Network for Health (ZimHealth) seeks to raise funds to procure and distribute m edicines, diagnostics, vaccines and other commodities to rehabilitate the health facilities in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s once robust health-care services have declined in recent years, exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic, a serious economic crisis and the considerable exodus of skilled personnel including doctors and nurses.