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Zimbabwe’s health system is suffering from decades of economic decline, an exodus of skilled workers, and a growing number of extreme weather events. SolidarMed works to ensure better access to quality healthcare for rural areas in the south-east of the country.

Zimbabwe’s already fragile health system faces a major challenge: infectious diseases such as HIV are still widespread while non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise. Training for health workers, better access to medicines, and greater public awareness are urgently needed.

Zimbabwe in Numbers

  • Maternal mortality

    458 deaths per 100,000 live births

  • Under-5 mortality rate

    54 deaths per 1,000 live births

  • HIV prevalence in the adult population

    11.6% (more than 1 in 9 is HIV-positive)

  • Doctors per 10,000 population

    2 (Switzerland: 44)

Zimbabwe in Numbers



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SolidarMed in Zimbabwe

SolidarMed helps the health authorities in the Masvingo Province in the south-east of the country tackle the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The focus is on patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and oral diseases such as tooth decay, and on the sexual and mental health of adolescents. 

Treating non-communicable diseases

Around a third of deaths in Zimbabwe can already be attributed to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. SolidarMed supports hospitals and healthcare facilities in diagnosing these diseases and offering appropriate treatment. This also includes treating patients with advanced cardiovascular disease and tackling diabetes complications such as eye damage. SolidarMed also facilitates dental check-ups and treatment, for example for tooth decay.

Diabetes Screening in Chiremwaremwamarket.

Promoting adolescent health

Health services are hardly ever geared to the needs of adolescents.  Cultural taboos also mean that people rarely talk about sexuality and contraception or mental health disorders. SolidarMed therefore champions the physical health and sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents.  The aim is to allow them to lead healthy and empowered lives and reach their full potential.

Increasing the survival chances of orphaned babies

To improve the survival chances of babies whose mothers have died, SolidarMed helps needy families pay for and source formula milk for the first six months. Many families cannot afford formula and switch instead to cow’s or sheep’s milk, which are dangerous to infant health. An additional project goal is early diagnosis of HIV-positive infants and referral for treatment. Maternal deaths are also recorded.

Women waiting for diabetes screening in Chiremwaremwamarket.

Diabetes-Screening in Chiremwaremwamarket.

The demand for diabetes screening in Chiremwaremwamarket is high.

Teenage mothers receive support in group discussions.

Improving dental health is part of the program in Zimbabwe.


Laura Ruckstuhl PhD

Programme Zimbabwe

Tel. +41 41 310 66 60

Projects in Zimbabwe

SolidarMed supports the health officials in the province of Masvingo in the south-east of the country in coping with the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. The focus here is on patients with diabetes, high blood pressure or oral diseases such as tooth decay, as well as on the sexual and mental health of young people.


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

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World Diabetes Foundation

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Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care

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Your donation prevents suffering

Your valuable donation allows us to raise public awareness about diabetes, high blood pressure and tooth decay in rural Zimbabwe, and to deliver timely treatment to those affected. Thank you so much!