We run projects in partnership with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), that include treatment and care for people living with HIV, health programmes for migrants, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and environmental health.
Under the health programme for migrants in Beitbridge, MSF teams offer medical assistance to migrants and deportees according to their specific health needs. In Tongogara Refugee Camp, we provide refugees and asylum seekers with mental healthcare.
We also offer comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare services for adolescents in the urban districts of Mbare and Epworth and support the health ministry to respond to disease outbreaks.
Our activities in 2022 in Zimbabwe
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.
In the capital, Harare, we run a project providing comprehensive youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, through our clinic in Mbare. Our team is also working to improve adolescent SRH in Epworth in a non-medical setting, working with peer educators. Peer educators are adolescents who are trained to facilitate access to SRH services in communities by raising awareness on the services we offer.
When a measles outbreak hit the country in 2022, MSF supported the national response, targeting the most affected districts in Manicaland province. Our teams provided vaccinations, as well as care to patients, contact tracing and training. Through health promotion services, we increased community awareness and improved vaccine uptake.
In Beitbridge and Plumtree, we continue to offer medical assistance to vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, deportees and local communities. In 2022, we constructed a wellness centre in Tongogara refugee camp, which the community has named Baobab House. The centre runs mental health services, including individual support, stress management sessions and recreational activities, to help people dealing with stress and trauma.
In December, we closed our environmental health project in Harare, which implemented activities to strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. These included drilling, rehabilitating and sealing boreholes to improve access to safe water, and setting up community-led solid waste, biowaste and wastewater recycling projects in the city, which also contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.