Zim’s Community Health Strategy Nears Completion

THE Health and Childcare Ministry will complete the National Community Health Draft Strategy next week which will provide community health workers with guidelines on how they should work while on the ground.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

The team working on the draft expects to present it to the Health ministry in a fortnight amidst indications that wokers have all along been working been working without guidelines.

Dr Stanley Midzi from Zimbabwe’s World Health Organisation office said they realised that all along there were no benchmarks on how community health workers are expected to operate.

“There is a study that was done I think one or two years ago where they were assessing community health workers on the ground and it was found there were about 77 types even up to 81. But we know that this happens because there is a vacuum somewhere. The vacuum I think there was no community health strategy which guides all players on the ground on what to do. We think these things happen because coordination at the top might not be as optimum as required,” he said.

He revealed that a strategy is being worked on which will guide health partners and donors.

“And I know that the Ministry is developing a strategy which I believe Dr Sikipa and Dr Dhlakama have been working on and I believe it is almost final. Once it comes into play and is operationalized it will be able to provide guidance to all players will provide guidelines to health partners and donors,” Dr Midzi said.

Dr Davis Dhlakama said they are working on the initiative which they will present to the Ministry next week.

“The Ministry of Health is in the process of coming up with a National Community Health Draft Strategy. We are about to finish. Its work in progress. We are not ready to give it out to the media,” he said.

Community health workers have been instrumental in controlling HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases in ZImbabwe. Africa

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