Volunteers help clean up Zimbabwe town

Norton, Zimbabwe: The World Health Organization says that the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has affected almost 100,000 people. To combat the threat in one town, UNV helped mobilize volunteers to take preventative measures.

Poor sanitation and unhygienic conditions are key factors in spreading cholera, so improving the local environment and changing attitudes are essential. To tackle the problem in the town of Norton in Mashonaland East, where 40 people have already died, UNV assembled 170 youth and community volunteers to deal with a major pile-up of refuse which may have been contaminating the water supply.