USAID pledges continued support to Zimbabwe

BY Janet Munyaka

The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director has held talks with Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is in charge of the country’s health portfolio, where issues to do with the welfare of health personnel came under the spotlight.

USAID is one of the cooperating partners in Zimbabwe’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The USAID and the Centre for Disease Control provided funds that were used to train more than 8,000 healthcare workers in comprehensive and advanced COVID-19 case management.

The ongoing cooperation saw USAID Mission Director to Zimbabwe, Mr Art Brown paying a courtesy call on Vice President Retired General, Dr Constantino Chiwenga where issues about the country’s health sector were high on the agenda.

After the engagement, Mr Arthur Brown said his organisation remains committed to working with Zimbabwe and ensuring that the health sector remains proficient.

“We have met with, the Vice President, to collaborate and develop objectives in the health sector, we’re committed to improving human progress in the country especially the Health sector, which is very important so that we focus on the human resource issues to make sure health personal are being paid.

“Resolving that issue is critical because we have critical Health investments to be made and we need to make sure that the system is going to support the health needs of Zimbabweans. We’re here for human progress, so we need to support the health profession and frontline workers in the country. We have a government to government agreement as we work towards that aim to support and alleviate the health issues which were badly affected by Covid-19.”

USAID is currently supporting a broad portfolio of health programmes including the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which supports HIV programmes in the country.

The US malaria initiative supports Zimbabwe by providing bed nets and mosquito spraying in 45 districts.

Erratic rainfall and the long dry spells experienced in the country over the past seasons has contributed to increased humanitarian needs across the country.