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Medecins du Monde in Zimbabwe

Medecins du Monde in Zimbabwe

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In 2008 the Zimbabwean health system practically collapsed

In Zimbabwe, political and economic crises, cyclones, floods, droughts, epidemics, the departure of qualified personnel («brain drain») and hyperinflation have all had a considerable and negative impact on the provision of basic social services in the country’s health, education, water and sanitation and social welfare sectors. On 2009, following the full-blown political and economic crisis, the Zimbabwean health system practically collapsed. Many health workers had left the country, the availability of medicines was greatly reduced while the HIV pandemic grew to affect 23% of the population and the country was hit by a food crisis and a cholera epidemic. Médecins du Monde directed its activities towards supporting the existing health system in Chipinge district in the south-east of the country.