The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe remains stable but fragile. Major disease outbreaks have been prevented due to strengthened preparedness and significant improvements in access to safe water, sanitation as well as primary health care services.
However, Zimbabwe still faces localized outbreaks of water-borne diseases associated with erratic water supply, poor hygiene practices and inadequate sanitation facilities.
Additionally, the food security situation in Zimbabwe and in southern Africa remains a concern. Recurrent poor harvests have left sections of the region in a food deficit.
The European Commission has been one of the largest donors to interventions in the areas of water and sanitation in Zimbabwe. The Commission's funding for these projects is part of an integrated public health approach aiming to tackle potential epidemics like cholera, measles and typhoid.
Significant investments have been made in improving the structure of the health system so as to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. This has been achieved through the provision of support for preventive vaccination campaigns, disease surveillance and early warning systems, and emergency treatment facilities to be used during outbreaks.
In addressing food security, the European Commission is linking food assistance interventions to longer-term funding to help families get on the path to full recovery.