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As Obama Urges Emergency Action on Zimbabwe, Health Crisis Worsens
Date:2/2/2009

When Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released its emergency report on Jan. 13 detailing Zimbabwe's health system collapse the reported cholera death toll soared past 2,000. The number currently exceeds 3,000, according to the World Health Organization. PHR is calling on the Obama administration to follow through on pledges made to bolster U.S. leadership in the UN and engage in preventive diplomacy to strengthen respect for human rights.

Cambridge, Mass. (Vocus) February 2, 2009 -- When Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released its emergency report on Jan. 13 detailing Zimbabwe's health system collapse the reported cholera death toll soared past 2,000. The number currently exceeds 3,000, according to the World Health Organization. The Obama administration has made Zimbabwe a top priority in its Africa foreign policy. PHR is calling on the Obama administration to follow through on pledges made to bolster U.S. leadership in the UN and engage in preventive diplomacy to strengthen respect for human rights.

PHR CEO Frank Donaghue stated, "The Obama administration should consult on an urgent basis with other Security Council members to assess options for UN action to address the crisis documented in PHR's report Health in Ruins: A Man-Made Disaster in Zimbabwe. This includes PHR's recommendation that the Security Council appoint an independent entity to take over Zimbabwe's sanitation, water, and health care delivery systems."

The rapidly climbing cholera death toll is but one symptom of the health system's collapse.

"Global leadership is required to address the collapse of a health system in a country that once was a breadbasket for Africa and boasted one of the
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