This AAP story found in Yahoo News reports on the aid efforts of the Red Cross in Zimbabwe.
The capital Harare is the worst-affected area with 177 deaths and 6,448 suspected cases - more than half the total number of cases nationwide, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
Cholera is the latest challenge to hit the poverty-wracked southern African nation that is already struggling with political instability and rampant hyperinflation.
The Red Cross said Wednesday it has given more than 200,000 Swiss francs ($A2.5 million) to the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in the last two weeks to provide health and hygiene kits for more than 11,000 people in seven provinces.
"The most effective way to fight cholera is prevention. We are working to empower communities to take the steps needed to protect themselves from this deadly but curable and preventable disease," said John Fleming, Southern Africa health care coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The IFRC also warned that cholera had already spread across Zimbabwe's border to neighbouring South Africa where six deaths and 400 cases have so far been reported.
Local Red Cross staff in the Musina region of South Africa have been distributing prevention information leaflets to local communities and supporting health authorities, the IFRC said.