Zimbabwe launches US$25 million healthcare programmes

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Business, COVID 19, Health, Local News | 0 comments

Zimbabwe launches US$25 million healthcare programmes

Mako Jerera

Zimbabwean Government and it’s partners have launched two innovative health programmes, with an investment of US$25 million, to save the lives of babies and reduce the maternal mortality rate by 10 per cent by 2028.

The Sexual Health Services (SHASHA) family planning and the Mhuri/Imuli II projects, funded by USAID and implemented by Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) and Family Health International 360, will run for the next five years.

The programmes will also address the barriers to accessing reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services, providing comprehensive care to thousands of women, children, and adolescents across the country.

The SHASHA project will provide comprehensive family planning education, contraceptive services, and support for reproductive health rights.

The inaugural Mhuri/Imuli project, implemented between 2018 and 2023 in Manicaland only, resulted in an increase in babies successfully resuscitated from 47 per cent in 2018 to 86 percent in 2023.

The Mhuri/Imuli II is set to expand its geographic coverage and strengthen health services for mothers and babies in Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland South and Mashonaland West provinces.

The projects reflect the government’s prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights and aim to provide equitable, affordable, and accessible health services for all citizens, with a particular focus on women, children, and adolescents.