2022 Project Story: Zimbabwe

In November 2017, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe resigned after 37 years in power. His legacy of disastrous government campaigns and policies created terrible problems for the country in regards to public health.

Currently the majority of Zimbabwe’s health sector is understaffed and overburdened. According to the World Health Organization, there is an average of 1.6 doctors for every 10,000 people. In 2008 the healthcare workforce was so small that a fast-spreading cholera outbreak contributed to over 4,000 deaths within just a few months. In 2016, approximately 14 percent of adults in Zimbabwe were living with HIV/AIDS. Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care estimates that 45 percent of women who died of pregnancy-related complications were HIV positive. 

Several years ago, a local nurse named Precious opened up a rudimentary health clinic in what used to be her neighborhood convenience store. Being the only option for medical care in her area, Precious never turns away anyone and has been doing her best to serve her community with very few resources. 

This summer, HXP Builders will be finishing construction for a new medical center in which Precious and her staff will be able to treat pregnant mothers, newborn babies, elderly men and women, and people with HIV/AIDs in a clean and sanitary facility. The new structure will help save the lives of thousands by providing them a sanitary place where they can receive proper health care within their local community.