img 1633By Takemore Mazuruse

Red Cross Nurse Aides and staff offloading the donated noon food items at Rujeko Clinic in Dzivaresekwa 3

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, a local voluntary humanitarian organisation has responded to the Typhoid outbreak that has caused a scare in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa high Density suburb. A total of 81 suspected cases have been reported with suggestions that they may be more than have been discovered. The water situation in the high density suburb has not helped the situation with residents reportedly getting water during the night only. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society together with other humanitarian organisations is working with the City Health department to curb the crisis.


The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society responded to the scare through its Disaster Preparedness and Management programme. Though this programme, the National Society complements government and other humanitarian agencies‘efforts in alleviating human suffering during disasters. The programme also educates members of the public on how they can prepare and respond to disasters. Over the years, the National Society which is a recognised member of the Civil Protection Unit has responded to disasters like the 2008 Cholera outbreak and the Muzarabani floods to name a few.

To contribute in averting the Typhoid Scare, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society donated non-food relief items including water treatment detergents and other materials that go with curbing typhoid outbreaks. The total donation is made up of 240 bars green soap, 480 units of regular jik, 120 000 water maker sachets and 52 blankets. This donation was handed over to the City of Harare’s Rujeko Clinic in Dzivaresekwa 3. The handover was made by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s Provincial Programmes Officer for Mashonaland Central, Mr Itai Chivhayo and the Marketing and Public Relations Officer Mr Takemore Mazuruse.

A total of 14 Red Cross Nurse Aides were also volunteered to assist in caring for the typhoid patients at Rujeko Clinic. Of these 14 Nurse Aides, 7 were already on attachment at the clinic after undergoing Basic Nurse Aid training with the organisation’s Nursing Services Unit. A further 13 Nurse Aides are on standby in the event the Typhoid scare goes out of hand. City of Harare’s Health department has also suggested that some of the nurse aides be moved to the Beatrice Road Infectious disease hospital where some of the patients are being taken. Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society continues to attend City Health meetings on the typhoid outbreaks as well as seek ways through which it can contribute in nipping the problem in the bud.