Zimbabwe

Information for Patients
Due to the policies of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, the country suffers from an ill serviced and underserved health system which struggles to deliver to its citizens. Quality healthcare is low and is often in need of international aid in order to sustain it. While the capital has a greater concentration of private clinics and hospitals that provide a higher quality of service, these are catered to wealthier Zimbabweans as the public sector struggles immensely, especially within the rural area. Healthcare is not universal, but services are offered for a nominal fee. Many patients have to bring with them key medical materials for separate purchase as most hospitals are not adequately furnished. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Zimbabwean Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Zimbabwean embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Zimbabwean Medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Zimbabwe.

English is the language of instruction for medical education in Zimbabwe.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism does not occur in Zimbabwe due to the poor medical structure of the country.  Expats are anticipated to have their own private health insurance prior to arrival. Expat employment tends to automatically have this included and offered especially within international organizations, but verification is required. Zimbabwe is a multilingual country with many citizens speaking English, Shona, Xhosa and Tonga to name a few. English is the main Western language of Zimbabwe and all medical professionals are fluent in it, whereas it can be hit and miss with patients due to linguistic diversity.

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country:  http://www.mohcc.gov.zw 


 

References:
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-10-22-zimbabwean-healthcare-system-a-silent-genocide/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/0277953688903425
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6070968/