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Why Do We Work in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe suffered extreme hyperinflation and an acute economic crisis in the early 2000s, causing a quarter of its population to flee the country or become internally displaced. Although the country has significant natural resources, many Zimbabweans have not seen tangible economic benefits in their everyday lives.

Zimbabwe is just beginning the long road to economic recovery and growth, but its healthcare infrastructure remains weak. What little health resources there are tend to be focused on the overwhelming HIV/AIDS and cholera epidemics that afflict the country; access to maternal health care is limited. With few physicians and even fewer gynecologists, Zimbabwe faces an enormous backlog of obstetric fistula patients and there is a tremendous need to build capacity in the area of treating fistula.

What You Help Us Do in Zimbabwe

We’re helping fund:

  • Fistula surgeries
  • Reintegration support


Parirenyatwa (Pari) Hospital, Harare
Harare Central Hospital, Harare
Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital, Chinhoyi

How much funding have we granted?

$245,000 in FY2017
$245,250 in FY2016
$319,500 in FY2015
$134,800 in FY2014
$10,000 in FY2013

Who is our partner?

We provide grant support to these hospitals through Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA).

How will this help women in Zimbabwe?

With support from Fistula Foundation, WAHA continues to provide regular obstetric fistula services in Zimbabwe. Initially providing treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, they have expanded to include Harare Central Hospital, also located in the capital, as well as Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital 80 miles north. Expanding their reach has enabled WAHA to set up a solid outreach program in order to reach the maximum number of women. In addition to patient outreach, funding from Fistula Foundation supports high-quality fistula treatment (including surgeries for complex cases), on-the-job training for local health staff conducted by WAHA’s visiting expert surgeons, patient transportation, and psychological counseling and support to ensure that patients receive holistic care.

Where is Zimbabwe?


Facts About Zimbabwe

  • Population:14,149,648
  • Average births per woman:3.56
  • Physicians per 10,000 people:0.6
  • Births attended by skilled personnel:66.2%
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 53(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
  • Female life expectancy:55.97 years
  • Female literacy:80.1%
  • Population living in rural areas:60.9%
  • Surgeries completed through Fistula Foundation funding to date:619

Sources: CIA World Factbook; WHO; World Bank

We’re Making a Difference in Zimbabwe

Your Donations at Work - Zimbabwe

Your Donations at Work: Zimbabwe

Following a pilot project in 2013, we were able to establish routine fistula care services in Zimbabwe in conjunction with our long-term partner, Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA). Over the last year, 198 women received free, life-transforming repair surgeries at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Harare Central Hospital thanks to your support. These women also received…

Voice of America

US-Based Fistula Foundation to Launch Zimbabwe Pilot Program

An interview with Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant was featured on Voice of America Zimbabwe this week. The interview focuses on the physical and social consequences of obstetric fistula and a pilot program in Zimbabwe to help women suffering from fistula get the treatment they need.   US-Based Fistula Foundation to Launch Zimbabwe Pilot Program…