Zimbabwe

Latest info - March 2017: Preventing cervical cancer


Activities

MSF runs 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.

The economic situation continues to decline with very little funds available for any public expenditure and social services. As a result, the health sector faces numerous challenges, including shortages of medical supplies and essential medicines. In addition, the country was affected by floods and regular outbreaks of water-borne diseases due to deteriorating water and sanitation conditions in parts of the country, including the capital Harare.

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. Cervical cancer is an emerging health problem, with women living with HIV five times more likely to contract it than those who are not.

Harare

MSF offers comprehensive support to victims of sexual violence and also offers comprehensive services for adolescents in the urban district of Mbare. In Epworth polyclinic, a comprehensive package of HIV, TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) care is adapted for all ages and cervical cancer screenings and early treatment strategies are provided for all HIV-positive women.

MSF continues to reconstruct and repair boreholes in the city’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods, providing access to clean water as a strategy to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

Read more about MSF's activities in Zimbabwe in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 2000.

2016 Key figures
Patients on first-line ARV treatment 39,900
Individual  mental health consultations 2,200
People treated after incidents of sexual violence 1,400
No. staff in 2016 288
2016 Expenditure €13.6 million
 

 

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