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
How much funding have we granted?
WAHA – Parirenyatwa Hospital
$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?
Through this project, expert fistula surgeon Dr. Ambaye Wolde Michael visits Pari Hospital on a regular basis to repair extremely complex cases of fistula and train hospital staff in fistula care and surgery. With current funding, 100 women will receive high-quality fistula treatment as well as transportation to and from the hospital free of charge. Based on the success of this project in 2014, it was extended to Harare Central Hospital to ensure timely and adequate care for more women.
Local networks and community mobilization efforts have also been expanded with the aim of identifying more new patients and reducing myth and stigma about fistula. This is being carried out through an outreach campaign that includes radio, TV, newspaper and mobile phone announcements.
Finally, Dr. Michael will continue to provide on-the-job training until a more formal training program can be established.
Where is Zimbabwe?
Facts About Zimbabwe
- 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:199
Sources: CIA World Factbook; WHO; World Bank