Program Director, Southern Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean
In the late 20th century, Zimbabwe had one of the strongest health systems in sub-Saharan Africa. But after socio-political challenges devastated its economy, Zimbabwe’s health sector was on the brink of collapse in 2009. Infrastructure had deteriorated, supplies and commodities weren’t available, health workers had left due to the conditions and lack of pay, and the health of its population suffered.
Zimbabwe is recovering lost ground. Maternal and child mortality rates are decreasing and life expectancy is again on the rise, but much remains to be done as the health sector continues to rebuild. IntraHealth's work in Zimbabwe has focused on helping the country build a stronger foundation of social service and health workforce systems.