The Zimbabwe Red Cross and a Ghana based pharmaceutical company Mpharma have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see thousands of Zimbabweans having access to affordable essential medical drugs.

The health care needs in Zimbabwe today are immense.  

According to UNAIDS 2016, with more than 1.4 million people living with HIV in Zimbabwe, the demand for anti-retroviral treatment and other health care supports are high.

Acute respiratory infections, malaria and dehydration caused by severe diarrhoea are causes of child morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe.

The World Health Organisation also estimates that 32 percent of deaths in Zimbabwe are caused by non communicable diseases.

It is against this backdrop that the Zimbabwe Red Cross in partnership with Mpharma target to create a network of pharmacies in Harare, Marondera, Mutare and Gweru to provide the lowest price for medical drugs in Zimbabwe by May 2018.

Secretary General Zimbabwe Red Cross, Maxwell Phiri and founder and chief executive officer Mpharma, Gregory Rockson said the partnership is essential since the cost of medical treatment is a huge financial burden for most families in Zimbabwe.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement work with governments, donors and other aid organisation to assist vulnerable people around the world.

Mpharma currently operates in Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia with a mission to make prescription drugs easily affordable.