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Zimbabwe declares state of emergency amid cholera epidemic – Yahoo Eurosport UK

Cholera patients in a tent in Harare, Zimbabwe

Cholera patients in a tent in Harare, Zimbabwe – Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency in the capital Harare following a cholera outbreak.

Over 7,000 cases have been recorded so far, killing dozens of people.

Officials have said that the events bear the hallmarks of a deadly outbreak in 2008 that caused thousands of fatalities and over 100,000 infections.

“We have declared a state of emergency because the situation is now very bad,” Harare Mayor Ian Makone told AFP. “The disease is spreading across the city.”

Cases have spiralled because of a lack of health workers to manage the cases, as well as lack of supplies to stop the transmission.

The outbreak, the biggest since 2018, was caused by unhygienic conditions and blocked sewers, according to the government.

“People have dug wells close to pit latrines, especially in mushrooming settlements and other suburbs which do not have running water. This means their drinking water is contaminated,” Mr Makone said.

The epicentre is Harare’s densely populated suburb of Kuwadzanam, where around half of the cases have been reported, authorities have said.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by poor sanitation and the ingestion of contaminated water or food.

Outbreaks occur regularly in Zimbabwean cities where supplies of drinking water and sanitation facilities are erratic and infrastructure has collapsed due to years of neglect.

In some areas of the country, people can go months without tap water, forcing them to rely on unsafe sources like shallow wells, boreholes or rivers.

In October, a slew of covid-style lockdown measures were introduced to help the resurgence.

All public gatherings were banned in the southeastern Zaka district if they did not have official approval, while people were discouraged from shaking hands, eating at gatherings and buying food from unlicensed vendors in Harare.

Mr Makone said on Thursday that the outbreak shares similarities with 2008’s deadly crisis, which paralysed basic services in the country amid 100,000 cases.

“The cholera outbreak has come with vengeance,” he said.

Zimbabwe last declared a state of emergency in response to cholera in 2018, when more than 2,000 cases related to typhoid and cholera and 20 deaths were reported.

It happened at the height of the country’s economic crisis when most of the public hospitals were closed due to a shortage of medicines and the flight of health workers abroad.

Currently, there have been 7,398 suspected cases, 50 confirmed deaths, and 109 hospitalisations reported by health authorities.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said the disease is spreading rapidly and has been recorded in all 10 provinces in the country.

It added that it is likely the outbreak will reach beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.

Neighbouring countries Malawi, South Africa, and Mozambique have also suffered from frequent cholera outbreaks historically.

According to the United Nations, cholera has experienced a global resurgence since 2021 despite a decline over the previous ten years.

The World Health Organization previously warned that the risk of large-scale outbreaks is increasing due to climate change, which has made tropical storms that limit access to clean water and sanitation more common.

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Mawaba primary school unveils e-learning classroom block – The Zimbabwe Mail

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Thursday, commissioned an e-learning classroom block at Mawaba Primary School in Lobengula West.

The new facility will provide learners with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The classroom block was renovated for US$5,000 through a collaboration between the school and its parents. The classroom is equipped with 45 laptops, which the school won under a merit award from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony held at the school under the theme, “Empowering Learners Through E-Learning,” Ward 14 Councillor Dumisani Netha, who was standing in for Mayor David Coltart, said that the city of Bulawayo strives to be a leading smart and transformative city by 2024. He said that empowering education through e-learning facilities is essential to achieving this vision.

Netha applauded the school and the parents for putting together the resources to convert the classroom into such a magnificent learning facility.

“This is a befitting facility to train our learners in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as set out in the smart city concept, national outcomes and requirements provided for by the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and Vision 2030,” said Netha.

“We might pride ourselves on providing our children with such remarkable facilities for e-learning, this is because it is a powerful tool in the modern-day learning experiences as it is a convenient and flexible platform for individuals to acquire skills.”

Netha said that e-learning has great accessibility potential as it offers a wide range of courses and resources. “This accessibility ensures that no one is left behind and learners have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills while being flexible in scheduling and pacing,” he said.

He said that, unlike traditional fixed classrooms with fixed timetables, in e-learning, individuals can balance education with other responsibilities such as home, sports, and family chores. This allows learners to take control of their learning journey, resulting in a personalized learning experience and increased motivation.

“In the face of envisaged high breed learning, we congratulate Mawaba school and credit to all schools with such projects or are in the process of putting up their internet classrooms. The Education Sector Strategic Plan demands that all schools have user-friendly facilities including disability ramps, ECD classroom blocks, and libraries among other facilities,” said Clr Netha.

“I desire to ensure all council schools and others in our beautiful city implement these requirements as we strive for a smart Bulawayo,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Provincial Education Director for Bulawayo, Sibongile Khumalo, congratulated the school for successfully venturing into e-learning, saying that it is a powerful way to achieve good results.

“Schools are encouraged to embrace online learning as we might appreciate, it comes with several benefits. E-learning is about being able to access education whenever one needs to and from wherever one is. Our competency-based curriculum has embraced ICT and the concept of e-learning is topical,” said Khumalo.

She said that the curriculum has seen the transition of education from being predominantly a face-to-face approach to digital learning platforms where a teacher has merely become a facilitator.

“Through e-learning, learners should be able to take responsibility for their educational progress and access the numerous Ministry endeavours to expose them to as much educational material as possible. These include such platforms as online catch-up strategies, e-learning passport, imfundo endlini, and blended learning, just to mention a few, which are all digital learning programs,” Khumalo said.

She encouraged all schools and their communities to make e-learning a priority in their school development committee budgets.

Source: Cite

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Which teams have qualified for cricket’s T20 World Cup 2024? – Al Jazeera English

Uganda and Namibia became the last of 20 teams to qualify for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in the US and the Caribbean.

Uganda have made history by qualifying for their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup by securing the last available spot from Africa and completing the 20-team lineup for the tournament to be held in the Caribbean and the United States next year.

Uganda secured their spot by beating Rwanda in the Africa qualifiers on Thursday, pushing out former regional powerhouse Zimbabwe, whom they beat by five wickets on Sunday in their first-ever T20 international win over a full-member team.

Rwanda were dismissed for 65 after being asked to bat first by Uganda, who chased the target in 8.1 overs at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia.

Namibia were the second team to qualify from the region, having previously played in the 2021 and 2022 editions.

In total, eight teams have booked their spots through the regional qualifying matches. Ireland and Scotland took the European slots, Nepal and Oman qualified from Asia, Canada qualified from North America and Papua New Guinea took up the East Asia-Pacific slot.

The US will participate in the tournament – their first-ever major ICC event – by virtue of being joint hosts along with the West Indies.

Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka qualified on the basis of their top-eight finish in the previous T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified by being the two next top teams in the ICC T20 rankings at the end of last year’s T20 World Cup.

The 2024 event will be played in two phases – a knockout round and a main round.

The top two teams in each of the four groups of five will move to a Super Eights phase, where the remaining sides split into two groups of four. The top two in each group will then make their way to the semifinals.

ICC T20 World Cup 2024 teams: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United States, and West Indies.

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Uganda create history, qualify for 2024 T20 World Cup alongside Namibia as Zimbabwe miss out – Firstpost

Uganda confirmed their participation alongside Namibia in the mega event after beating Rwanda in their final game of the African leg of T20 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek.

Uganda create history, qualify for 2024 T20 World Cup alongside Namibia as Zimbabwe miss out

Uganda have qualified for their first-ever senior World Cup, ODI or T20I, next year. Image credit: X/@CricketUganda

The Uganda cricket team made history on Thursday by qualifying for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, marking its maiden appearance in a major ICC event.

Uganda confirmed their participation alongside Namibia in the mega event after beating Rwanda in their final game of the African leg of T20 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek.

The jubilant scenes in the Ugandan dressing room however, signalled heartbreak for Zimbabwe, who narrowly missed out despite beating Kenya in their final game.

The Chevrons, who had famously beaten Pakistan in last year’s T20 World Cup, had also missed out on the recently-concluded ICC World Cup and will not be part of the 2025 Champions Trophy either, meaning they will be missing out on ICC events for three years in a row.

Zimbabwe had earlier done their part by thrashing Kenya convincingly by 110 runs. Sikandar Raza (82) and Sean Williams struck half-centuries to propel their side to 217/4 while the Kenyans could manage just 107/8 in response.

The Raza-led side however, needed Uganda to also lose their final fixture against Rwanda for them to confirm their tickets for the Caribbean and the United States next summer.

The Cricket Cranes, instead, ended up bowling Rwanda out for a meagre 65 and chased the target down in just 8.1 overs with nine wickets to spare to break Zimbabwean hearts.

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