Once one of southern Africa’s most vibrant, productive, and resilient countries, Zimbabwe has experienced a series of political and economic crises over the past decade that have negatively impacted public health, education, and infrastructure performance. There are indications that Zimbabwe’s mortality and morbidity rates may be rising again due to an under-resourced health delivery system. The COVID-19 pandemic has also impacted the health system’s ability to provide health services, and there is a need to better understand ongoing challenges that could negatively impact the system’s ability to provide health services and respond to surge needs.
In 2021, USAID asked LHSS to conduct a health system assessment to gain insights as to the current status of the health system. The assessment included recommendations for ways development partners can support the health system in the short and medium term to ensure priority health services are accessible and available.
The LHSS Zimbabwe HSA activity was completed in June 2022.