Zimbabwe still has a good chance of attaining health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if additional funds are injected into the sector, thus according to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.The Health and Child Welfare Minister, Dr Henry Madzorera noted that health-related MDGs are attainable by 2015 if the health sector gets additional funding.
â€œOur progress towards the attainment of the MDGs has been very good over the years. We need to accelerate some of our programmes 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,â€ said Dr Madzorera.
According to Dr Madzorera, the 3 health-related MDGs that the sector needs to focus on are reducing child mortality rate, improving maternal health and combatÂ HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases by 2015.
Dr Madzorera cited the recently launched US$700 Million Health Investment Case, an appeal by government for funds 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 MDGs.
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 his ministry that is derailing progress, the actual challenge is the disbursement of the allocated funds.
While primary health care expansion has been one of the success stories of Zimbabwe’s health care since the country gained independence in 1980, the achievement of the MDGs is still under threat from a number of challenges such as illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the west.