Water and Hygiene in Zimbabwe
The countrywide Cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe of 2008/09 marked the failure to deliver basic services in the country's water and sanitation infrastructure, which had led to loss of a significant number of preventable lives. Despite improvements since then, there are still communities at high risk from communicable disease. Simultaneously engaging in several interconnected activities, joint Health and WASH, as well as linking relief and development could mitigate this. The former Health Emergency Response Unit (HERU) and the WASH Emergency Response Unit (WERU) established in response to the Cholera outbreak 2008/2009 were 2011 linked together in the Environmental Health Alliance (EHA) for this project. Welthungerhilfe is a member of the WASH cluster of the EHA and also the responsible Project Management Unit for the EHA WASH part. The EHA can be described as an emergency sub cluster to the UN health and WASH cluster.