Once the breadbasket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe is now a nation with an economy in deep crisis

Poverty and unemployment are endemic while political strife and repression are commonplace in Zimbabwe.

The landlocked country of 16.2 million people was, for almost 40 years, led by President Robert Mugabe - the pro-independence campaigner who wrested control from a small white community and became the country's first black leader.

Zimbabwe's economy has been in decline since the 1990s, with very few funds available for any public expenditure and social services.

As a result, the health sector faces numerous challenges, including shortages of medical commodities and essential medicines.

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The HIV prevalence rate has decreased from 30 percent in the early 2000s to 15 percent today, however, there are still major gaps in vital treatments and services available to patients.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has worked in the country since 2000. We currently run projects in partnership with the  Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care to provide wide-ranging HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and mental healthcare.

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