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5 May 2021 - 5 May 2021

3:00PM - 4:30PM

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The latest History Research Seminar discusses Zimbabwe's catastrophic cholera outbreak of 2008-9.

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Photograph of Dr Simukai Chigudu smiling at the camera

Abstract: Zimbabwe's catastrophic cholera outbreak of 2008–9 saw an unprecedented number of people affected, with 100,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths. Cholera, however, was much more than a public health crisis: it represented the nadir of the country's deepening political and economic crisis of 2008. This study focuses on the political life of the cholera epidemic, tracing the historical origins of the outbreak, examining the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analysing the institutional and communal responses to the disease, and marking the effects of its aftermath.