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Typhoid Initiatives and LDS Charities

Latter Day Saints Charities is an arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormons) humanitarian efforts to relieve suffering for families of all nationalities and religions, and offers hope with the potential for a better life for millions of people around the world.  The organization was developed as a result of a counsel given in the bible that the followers of Jesus Christ should provide food to the hungry and drink to those who thirst.  This is the gospel that includes taking in the stranger, loving neighbors as self, and visiting those who are sick or imprisoned.  It is upon this principle that Latter-day Saint Charities was organized and established in America. 

Latter-day Saint Charities (LDS Charities), sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an application on this admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need.  The assistance that the organization renders is made possible by generous donations of cash and in-kind material from members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Latter-day Saint Humanitarian centre was established in 1991 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to prepare emergency relief supplies for shipment worldwide, train those trying to develop employable skills and become self-reliant, and offer service opportunities.

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With this in mind,  LDSCharities in Zimbabwe embarked on a program to help with Typhoid outbreak in the high density suburbs of Crowbrough North and  Mufakose.  These places are close to the epicenter of the typhoid outbreak (Kuwadzana) where the highest cases of typhoid were reported.  Harare in particular reported alarming cases of typhoid.  The spread of typhoid in the areas the organization worked in had reached alarming rates.  The onset of the rainy season has also contributed so much to the spread of the epidemic.  People in these areas have different beliefs, attitudes and knowledge about typhoid.

Zimbabwe has treated more than 1 500 people for typhoid, with up to 50 new cases daily.

The aim of the organization (LDS Charities) was to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases particularly typhoid.  This initiative was expected to equip families with knowledge on how to prevent typhoid and other diarrheal diseases from spreading.  The project is to help distribute water treatment tablets that will help in reduction of typhoid outbreak.  The project is also expected to come up with the recommendations for future initiatives to curb the spread of diseases.  The initiative will also help to establish the needs of residents as far as water and sanitation is concerned.  This initiative help will the community members to increase control over, and to improve their health.



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