Zimbabwe's Health System in Crisis

Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis restricting poor people access to healthcare

Economists, government officials and health experts agree that Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people access to healthcare.

The economy showed signs of modest improvement under the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013, however industry has been performing poorly and company closures have increased since the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) won the general elections in July 2013.

John Robertson, an independent economist based in Harare, expresses that, “It is not surprising that people’s right to health has been compromised by the state of the economy” and that, “Health services are suffering a funding deficit because of the current economic crisis, which has worsened in the post-GNU period.”

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