The Health sector has received a major boost after the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has provided $82 million which is set to improve programmes on sexual and reproductive health and nutrition for women and children.

The bulk of the grant is expected to finance health interventions implemented under the health development fund while $2.2 million will be channeled towards strengthening the capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.

Some of the beneficiaries of the last grant include Tuwende Adam who had a obsteric fistula complication and Sibongile Majaura who received funds for an income generating project.

DFID head of mission in Zimbabwe Annabel Gerry said through previous interventions the availability of basic medicines in rural health centers has improved significantly.

The government commended the support the country is receiving from development partners saying this will improve access and quality of health in Zimbabwe.

The UK programme to support a resilient health system builds on the progress Zimbabwe has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, expanding full immunisation coverage, increasing the proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel and increasing access to sexual reproductive health services for women and girls.