Zimbabwe’s health sector faces numerous challenges: a shortage of skilled professionals and health-care staff; an eroded infrastructure with ill-equipped hospitals, many lacking functional laundry machines, kitchen equipment, and boilers; and a lack of essential medicines and commodities. The system breakdown has been exacerbated by humanitarian crises such as cholera and measles epidemics between 2008 and 2010, by poor maternal and child health services and by consistently falling but nevertheless still-high numbers of people living with HIV.
One of the leading causes of mortality of children aged under five in Zimbabwe, HIV and AIDS account for more than 20 per cent of the deaths in this age group. It is estimated that more than 1 million children in Zimbabwe had been orphaned by AIDS and 1.2 million people were living with HIV. An updated estimate suggests that 100 000 of this number are children .
Tuberculosis remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality with a prevalence in 2009 of 431 per 100,000 population. We deserve better access to good health care.
When i become President, I will put programs in place to train and medical professionals and health care staff and put incentives in place for educated Zimbabweans to remain in the country to practice medicine. We lose thousands of educated Zimbabweans because we simply do not have jobs for them with the failing economy. I will work to restore the economy and work with global governments to help attract investment in our country so that we can improve and fund our health infrastructure.