The economic situation continues to decline with very little funds available for public expenditure and social services. As a result, the health sector faces numerous challenges, including shortages of medical supplies and essential medicines.
We run projects in partnership with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), providing treatment for HIV, tuberculosis (TB), non-communicable diseases and mental health issues.
While HIV prevalence has decreased from 30 per cent in the early 2000s to 15 per cent today, there are still major gaps in services, such as the availability of routine viral load monitoring and second-line antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
We also offer comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare services for adolescents in the urban district of Mbare, and support the health ministry to respond to disease outbreaks, including the county’s second biggest cholera outbreak in history in 2018.
On 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit Chimanimani, a small district of approximately 30,000 people in Manicaland province. The damage was immense, with kilometres of roads and pipelines wiped away, and access to safe drinking water a serious concern. An MSF emergency team was eventually able access the district to assess and respond to health needs and distribute medicines to clinics and village health workers.