Recognition and support for village health workers in Zimbabwe: Panacea to ensure the success of primary health care and universal health coverage

By: Enock Musungwini, MPH, MBA The Zimbabwe Village Health Worker programme began in the 1980s, soon after independence, with the aim of enhancing access to primary health care (PHC) services in line with the then Alma Ata Declaration (1978) and now the Astana Declaration (2018) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC 2030). According to the World Health Organisation, “primary health care is a whole-of-society approach to health that aims at ensuring the highest possible level of health and well-being and their equitable distribution by focusing on people’s needs and as early…

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UNICEF launches communication campaign on health, highlighting frontline health workers

Village health workers and nurses at primary health facilities are crucial in ensuring access to basic health services in Zimbabwe. To highlight their work, UNICEF is launching a “Champions of Health” communication campaign through different communication channels. The campaign will coincide with the upcoming World Water Day later this month, as well as World Health Day and the Immunization Week in April.  By Staff Reporter  Zimbabwe has made some notable progress in providing access to basic health services. This progress was primarily made possible by Zimbabwe’s adoption of the Primary…

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