Last year, thanks to the dedication of our wonderful PHR intern Margeaux Fischer, a donation of 441 medical textbooks was shipped to the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR), with whom we helped organize a health and human rights training for medical students in 2008.
Physicians for Human Rights anticipates in Zimbabwe an imminent outbreak of cholera. Cholera has killed more than 4,200 people there and infected another 100,000 since August 2008, because the coalition government has failed to address the underlying causes of this entirely preventable disease.
President Robert Mugabe today threatened to ban humanitarian organizations from operating in Zimbabwe. Calling these nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) "a type of government in the background of a formal government," Mugabe questioned the "advisability of having NGOs" remain in the country.
Based on findings from a recent PHR investigation, the Harvard International Review yesterday published a feature article on Zimbabwe's Man-Made Disaster.
Zimbabwean physician Douglas Gwatidzo has collaborated with Physicians for Human Rights in investigations of his country's health and human rights disaster. Dr. Gwatidzo is the 2009 winner of the Jonathan Mann Award for Health and Human Rights, which he will accept tomorrow evening at a special awards ceremony at the Global Health Council's 36th Annual International Conference.