dr henry madzorera2 26.08.10.jpgZimbabwe still has a good chance of attaining health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015, if additional funds are injected into the health sector.

 

Primary health care expansion has been one of the success stories of Zimbabwe’s health care since the country gained independence in 1980.

 

However, the achievements are in danger of being eroded by a number of challenges including illegal sanctions imposed by the west.

 

The three health-related MDGs that the sector need to focus on are goal 4 of reducing child mortality rate, goal 5 of improving maternal health and goal 6 which targets to combat  HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other diseases by 2015.

 

The Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Henry Madzorera, cited the recently launched US$700 Million Health Investment Case by government which is meant to revive the health sector, as some of the interventions that are needed to help the country accelerate action that will enable Zimbabwe to meet the MDG’s.

“Our progress towards the attainment of the MDGs has been very good over the years. We need to accelerate some of our programs to ensure that we achieve the targets.

 

“Our biggest challenge at the moment is funding but if we manage to get additional funding we still have a good chance of making it,” he said.

 

According to the 2005 Zimbabwe Millennium Development Goals Report, maternal mortality continues to be a major challenge in Zimbabwe, with most women especially those in the remote parts of the country dying due to pregnancy-related complications and limited access to antenatal, delivery and post-natal care.

 

In the 2010 national budget, Finance Minister Tendai Biti gave 9% to the Health sector instead of 12% as per the Abuja Declaration.
Dr Madzorera said it is not so much the allocation to the ministry of health that is derailing progress, the actual challenge is the disbursement of the allocated funds.