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Czech Support to Zimbabwean Healthcare

(This article expired 21.12.2013.)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic again supported the organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), this time with the amount of 3 million CZK.

The funds were used for prevention and treatment of HIV and TB (testing, counselling, prevention of mother to child HIV transmission, treatment of opportunistic infections and access to ARVs) in fifteen health posts of the Gokwe North District (Midlands Province). In addition to running these health posts, MSF also establishes a centre to cater for the laboratory and other specialized services

Most of 235.000 Gokwe North inhabitants have only limited access to health care. The situation in this area is complicated by, among others, insufficient road infrastructure and lack of mobile phone network coverage. Some places can be completely inaccessible during the rainy season. Some villages are 40 km from the nearest health centre and the furthest centre is found 184 km from the district hospital.

Zimbabwe is one of the countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Up to 35 % of the population is infected in certain areas. According to estimations, 3500 people die every week as a result of the disease. That has impacted vastly on the life expectancy which has dropped to 36 years for men and 34 years for women.