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Zimbabwe: ICRC support for primary health care services – 2006 to 2013

22-01-2014 Field Newsletter

Between 2006 and 2013, the ICRC helped primary health facilities in Zimbabwe to improve the quality of their service to communities by providing essential medicines and medical items, training personnel and renovating infrastructure. The goal of the initiative was to enable skilled Zimbabwean medical personnel to carry on working at those facilities and continue to serve their communities.

Key Points

Between 2006 and 2013, the ICRC:

  • provided quality primary health care for nearly 1.4 million people (10% of the population);
  • supported health centres that between them carried out over 7 million consultations;
  • donated over USD 3 million of essential medicines and consumables;
  • supported 33 health centres.

The programme started with 16 rural health centres and four hospitals in Chivi, Makoni and Tsholotsho districts, before expanding to include 12 polyclinics and one hospital in the City of Harare. In 2009, the ICRC began handing over completed programmes to local authorities and their development partners. This process ended in December 2013 with the handover of programmes to the City of Harare.

This document describes the ICRC’s partnership with Zimbabwean primary health facilities between 2006 and 2013. Over 180 000 people in Chivi, Makoni and Tsholotsho districts and a further 1.2 million people in the City of Harare benefited from these partnerships.