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Zimbabwe has declared a national health emergency, after 500 people have died since August from a massive cholera epidemic, the result of a totally fucked infrastructure and economic collapse which has left most Zimbabweans without clean water or healthcare:
Facing the highest inflation in the world, Zimbabweans are struggling just to eat and find clean drinking water. ... Still, residents are getting little help from the government, which has been paralyzed since disputed March elections as President Robert Mugabe and the opposition wrangle over a power-sharing deal.

"Our central hospitals are literally not functioning," Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa said Wednesday at a meeting of government and international aid officials, according to The state-run Herald newspaper.

International aid agencies and donors must step up their response, Matthew Cochrane, regional spokesman for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told The Associated Press on Thursday.
UNICEF has launched an emergency relief program which is geared toward restoring basic social services to the country, including water, nutrition, essential medicines, healthcare, and education. Because UNICEF is already doing work in Zimbabwe, they are likely to have the organization already in place to make sure money gets to where it needs to go. You can find out more about and donate to their emergency relief program here.

I've been researching relief efforts specific to the crisis in Zimbabwe all afternoon, and UNICEF appears to be the best that I feel confident recommending, but if you've got other suggestions or recommendations, please leave them in comments.

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