CMMB Responds to the Cholera Outbreak in Lusaka, Zambia
The first shipment of P&G product has already reached Lusaka, with a second shipment to be received within days.
In addition to distributing water purification supplies, CMMB will provide key water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) information to targeted families, as well as refer suspected cholera cases to local health facilities.
Batuke Walusiku-Mwewa, CMMB’s country director in Zambia says, “As a country, we are facing a very difficult time, one that creates a level of shame.
While acknowledging that there are actions that we may have benefited from doing much earlier, before we were hit by cholera, the fight needs to start with us, community members, at the household level.
We cannot afford to lose another life!
It is my humble plea that people, organizations and governments who have stood by us will continue to join hands with us as we fight this epidemic.” Bruce Wilkinson, CMMB President & CEO says, “Our partnership with P&G is essential.
P&G provides smart investments that stop the spread of cholera and provide solutions through education and access to clean water.
This disease can be eliminated quickly.
Investments in sanitation and clean water are the pathway to healthy communities, especially for the most vulnerable.” CMMB is joining a consortium led by the Zambian Ministry of Health that will implement an immediate anti-cholera vaccination campaign in the most affected urban and peri-urban areas of Lusaka.
CMMB’s emergency relief program quickly responds to dangerous situations, from conflict to natural disasters, by supporting affected communities with donated medicines, volunteers, and medical personnel, and by meeting emergency medical needs at partner health facilities.