THE United States (US) government, through USAID, on Wednesday, launched a five-year $25 million programme dubbed Mhuri/Imuli in Harare meant to improve the health of Zimbabweans.
USAID will provide technical assistance to health ministry to expand access to and improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, new born and child health services in all seven districts of Manicaland where the province has the highest pregnancy prevalence in the country among young girls.
Manicaland province also has the worst health outcomes for children in the country, with one in 10 dying before the age of five.
Speaking at the launch, USAID Mission Director, Stephanie Funk, said partnering with FH1360 team in the program would go a long way in improving the health of the Zimbabwean people who are struggling to access facilities.
“We are here to award FH1360 funding through a Cooperative Agreement worth $25 million over the next five years to expand maternal, newborn, child health and family planning services.
“We particularly want this for newborn babies so that they survive at birth and we want all our family members to be able to raise healthy families. This is why our program focuses on the entire family network as well as focusing on high quality maternal, newborn, child health care and family planning services.
“The program will help improve the health and survival of mothers, babies and children in all seven districts of Manicaland (to about 1.7 million people) through the continuum of care from home to community, to primary care facilities and referral hospitals as well as to equip the ever impressive village health workers to help save lives,” said Funk.
According to Funk, “FH1360 has been a critical partner of USAID/Zimbabwe and is also implementing DREAMS initiative and the US Index Testing approach.”
The USAID recently celebrated the USAID MCHIP program that was implemented in the province and the Improving Family Planning Services program implemented across the country.
Despite all the advances mentioned Zimbabwe still struggles with high levels of maternal and child deaths.