The British government, through the Department for International Development (DFID), has provided $1 million to Zimbabwe for procurement of water treatment chemicals through a Water and Sanitation Programme that will directly benefit four million Zimbabweans.
Head of DFID Zimbabwe Dave Fish said: “Britain will provide over $130m in development support for health, water and sanitation, education and improved livelihoods for the ordinary Zimbabwean. None of this will be more important than the contribution to the prevention of water-borne diseases.”
The programme, implemented by Unicef is expected to meet the water purification needs of 20 local authorities across the country and help curb the outbreak of diseases such as cholera, which is threatening again due to deteriorating water and sanitation facilities.
DFID’s water and sanitation programme, in line with United Nations Millennium Development Goals, aims to deliver clean water to over one million people by 2015.