World Vision gets $510,000 CIDA grant for clinics and hospitals in Zimbabwe

    -   CIDA grant to help improve water and sanitation systems for more
        than 422,000 patients
    -   Children and families still at risk from the cholera epidemic which
        has killed more than 4,000
    -   World Vision Canada President and CEO Dave Toycen in Zimbabwe on a
        fact-finding mission

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 6 /CNW/ - World Vision, Zimbabwe's largest
humanitarian agency, received more than half a million dollars from the
Canadian government to improve water supplies and sanitation at clinics and
hospitals fighting the cholera epidemic in the country. According to the WHO,
the death toll from the water-borne disease has shown signs of slowing down
but there is still need to remain vigilant and to continue and reinforce the
control measures already in place.
    "The figures are tapering off but what is worrying is that there are many
more deaths that go unreported. Thanks to the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), World Vision can take proactive steps to prevent
the spread of cholera and help improve the lives of children and families in
Zimbabwe," said Dave Toycen, president and CEO of World Vision Canada.
    Toycen is in Zimbabwe from April 5-10 to meet with government officials
and international aid agencies on a fact-finding mission. He will see how
World Vision can further help the country, which has been struggling under an
economic crisis that includes hyper-inflation, unemployment of around 90 per
cent and severe shortages of basic goods and services.
    The $510,000 grant from the CIDA will benefit more than 422,000 patients
in the three provinces-Mudzi, Murehwa, Mutoko-in northeastern Mashonaland East
district of Zimbabwe. World Vision will focus on rehabilitating water supply
systems, development of new water points and the provision of water storage,
in addition to supporting regular testing of water quality. In the area of
sanitation, World Vision will repair and build new latrines, construct pits
for the safe disposal of medical waste and educate community members in and
around the hospitals and clinics about health and hygiene, treatment of
water-borne diseases and HIV and AIDS prevention.
    World Vision has just completed a project funded by CIDA in Bulawayo
district in southwestern Zimbabwe to also address water supply issues and
sanitary concerns. In January, it airlifted a shipment of more than $4 million
in donated cholera medications to Zimbabwe with the Canadian government's
    World Vision is leading a coordinated response to the cholera situation
by providing medical supplies, drilling boreholes and distributing non-food
items such as soap, jerry cans and oral rehydration solution sachets to
affected areas in Mashonaland Central, Bulawayo and Matabeleland South.
    World Vision also continues to distribute food aid to more than one
million people in the country where more than five million Zimbabweans are
food insecure and in urgent need of food aid. Those wishing to help people in
humanitarian crisis such as the one in Zimbabwe can visit to
donate to a general emergency fund or call 1-800-268-5528.


    -   In addition to Zimbabwe, World Vision has received $515,000 for water
        and sanitation projects in Somalia and $475,000 for water and
        sanitation projects for schools in Uganda from CIDA.

    -   The death toll from the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has passed
        4,000 mark and more than 93,000 cases have been reported since
        August 2008 according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) report
        in March.

    -   World Vision has been working in Zimbabwe since 1973. Currently
        74,000 children are sponsored through World Vision's programs,
        including 10,000 supported by Canadians.

    -   World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
        organization dedicated to working with children, families and
        communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves
        all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

For further information:

For further information: To interview Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada
president and CEO, or regional staff, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (905)
565-6200 ext. 2151, (416) 671-0086 (cell),; Alex
Sancton, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3949, (416) 419-1321 (cell),

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