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Endemic/epidemic disease | Sexual  violence | Healthcare exclusion

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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 commodities including 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% in the early 2000s to 15% 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.

MSF staff bags medication

Harare

MSF offers comprehensive support to victims of sexual violence and also develops comprehensive services for adolescent care 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.

MSF supports the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, TB and mental health in Chikurubi maximum security prison and offers psychiatric treatment, care and support to patients in Harare central hospital’s psychiatric unit.

MSF also provides decentralised psychiatric care and community follow-up after discharge to prevent relapse and re-admission to the hospital.

In 2016, teams carried out 1,579 individual and 180 group mental health counselling sessions.

MSF also completed renovation works and construction of the new outpatient department at Harare psychiatric hospital, providing the facility with 100 beds in the inpatient department.

Gutu

In Gutu, where MSF has taken a community-based approach to managing large cohorts of stable HIV patients since 2011, the initial findings of a large population-based survey by MSF Epicentre in June 2016 indicate that the district reached 86-94-86 and on track to reach the 90-90-90 goals.

In Mwenezi, MSF is working with the MoHCC to fully implement ‘test and start for approximately 18,000 people living with HIV.

MSF continued to support the MoHCC to implement new models of care and CAGs – community groups in which people take turns picking up antiretroviral (ARV) drug refills – as well as providing preventive screenings and early treatment strategies for cervical cancer in six district health centres. 

In Manicaland, MSF supports the roll out of CAGs throughout the province and routine viral load monitoring of patients taking ARVs in five districts.

In Chipinge district and Mutare Provincial Hospital, MSF supports the MoHCC in treating non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

MSF also provided treatment to a total of 26 MDR-TB patients in Epworth, Gutu and Mwenezi.

In Beitbridge, teams provided mental health support and medical care, including HIV and TB testing and refills to Zimbabweans who had been deported from South Africa.

Country-wide, MSF also supported the rollout of targeted and routine viral load monitoring, with 84, 502 viral load tests completed in 2016.

By 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection are on sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy have viral suppression.

WHO guidelines released in 2015 which state that anyone diagnosed with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible.

No. staff in 2016: 288 | Expenditure: €13.6 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 2000 | msf.org/zimbabwe