The African Development Bank (ADB) has extended a US$1 million grant to the Zimbabwean government to support efforts to control and contain the 2018 cholera outbreak which has so far claimed 59 lives across 17 districts.

The agreement for the tripartite emergency assistance grant was signed this Monday in Harare, with Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube signing on behalf of the Zimbabwean government.

Mr Damoni Kitabire signed for the AfDB, while Dr Alex Gasasira signed on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

ADB has always responded positively to member countries’ requests and Zimbabwe Country Manager for the bank, Mr Kitabire said containing cholera beyond the 17 districts that have been affected so far is vital.

The US$1 million grant will be administered over a period of one year by WHO, whose country representative, Dr Gasasira commended the Zimbabwean government for coming up with a clear strategy under the health cluster cholera response plan to avert future outbreaks.

During the 2008 to 2009 cholera outbreak, ADB contributed US$1 million to contain and eradicate the medieval disease.

The government of Zimbabwe extended its gratitude to the ADB for its continued support which will compliment efforts by the government.

Minister Ncube also revealed that contributions towards the cholera response plan now amounts to more than $13,5 million raised from development partners, companies in the private sector and civil society organisations, among others.

The assistance from ADB will go towards the procurement of medical supplies as well as improved case management which will help in alleviating further spread of infection.