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The mission of the WHO Zimbabwe Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in Zimbabwe through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes.

  • WHO supports introduction of HPV vaccine in Zimbabwe Harare, 18 Sept. 2014 :  WHO supported the Ministry of Health and Child Care to launch the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine demonstration programme in Zimbabwe. The HPV vaccine targets girls before they become sexually active in order to prevent acquisition of sexually transmitted infections, and HPV which causes cervical cancer. Under this programme, Zimbabwe will deliver vaccines to girls aged 10 years in the  2 districts of Marondera and Beitbridge. The 2 districts were chosen because of their high…
  • Zimbabwe’s loss, South Sudan’s gain Harare, 18 Sept. 2014:  On 12 September 2014, WHO Zimbabwe bade farewell to one of its long serving and  dedicated staff members who has been reassigned to WHO South Sudan. Dr Lincoln, Sunganayi Charimari, former NPO DPC in WCO Zimbabwe bade farewell to colleagues at an emotional farewell party held for him. Speaker after speaker at the farewell function spoke of Dr Charimari’s humble nature which enabled him to interact with colleagues at different levels.  Dr Charimari was described as…
  • WHO Zimbabwe holds Ebola briefing for staff Harare, 11 Sept 2014 :  WHO Zimbabwe became the first WHO office in the African Region to hold an Ebola Briefing for staff members. The briefing, which was held for both country office and IST staff was conducted by technical officers who had undergone training on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Brazzaville. Speaking at the briefing, WR Zimbabwe and IST/ESA Coordinator a.i. Dr David Okello said the briefing was very important as it equipped staff members with correct information on…
  • Zimbabwe’s preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease at advanced stage Harare, 28 Aug. 2014: This was said by the Honorable Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa, in a press conference he held with the WHO Representative for Zimbabwe, Dr  David Okello.  Dr Parirenyatwa emphasised that Zimbabwe has no cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and urged  the media to allay the fears of the public. He, however, said that the risk of EVD spreading in the  SADC region had increased significantly with the  confirmation of cases in the…
  • WHO supports introduction of Rotavirus vaccine in Zimbabwe Harare, 19 August 2014 : WHO supported the Ministry of Health and Child Care to launch the nationwide introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in Zimbabwe amid disturbing statistics of rotavirus diarrhea mortality among children below the age of 5.  Rotavirus diarrhea mostly affects children below the age of 5 and also accounts for 66% hospitalization of children in the above age group. According to WHO 2004 estimates, 527 000 children aged <5 years die each year from vaccine-preventable rotavirus infections; most…