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.
MSF teams are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe.
Our activities in 2020 in Zimbabwe
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.
In Harare, the capital, MSF teams provided comprehensive, youth-friendly, sexual and reproductive health services to adolescents, in Mbare. We continued health promotion activities at the clinics and youth centres we support in Mbare. We also improved the provision of clean water to vulnerable communities in the city by rehabilitating and upgrading boreholes and drilling new ones.
In Manicaland province, MSF supported the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to implement a nurse-led programme to scale up treatment of patients with hypertension and diabetes in rural clinics in Chipinge and Mutare. This project was handed over to the MoHCC in November 2020.
After nine years of offering treatment, care and support to communities in the Gutu district of Masvingo province, we handed over our HIV and cervical cancer project to the MoHCC and partners.
In April, during the lockdown due to COVID-19 in, many people in need of care for chronic diseases across the country were unable to access their medicines. To address this, we ensured continuity of care through means including home visits to deliver refills for HIV and non-communicable disease medications.
As a key healthcare service provider at the Beitbridge border post in Matabeleland South, we supported the MoHCC and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare by implementing targeted interventions to reach migrants on the move across the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. These activities included regular mobile outreach and provision of a comprehensive outpatient package that includes mental health support, prevention, screening and treatment.