Zimbabwe Health Training Support

A UK-based group of nurses, doctors and health professionals
who support fellow health workers in Zimbabwe.

Set up in 2006 by Zimbabweans in the UK, the charity provides training and support for nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers, pharmacists and other community health workers.

What we do

ZHTS responds to specific statements of need by Zimbabwean organisations with whom we have strong links, such as the Universities of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Association of Church Hospitals and Ingutsheni hospital. We have supported the training in Zimbabwe of


in emergency obstetrics to improve the health outcomes for women and babies.

Mental Health Workers

to improve the care provided to people with mental health problems.

Paediatricians & nurses

to improve the care provided to children.

Our current projects

ZHTS is currently working in these three important areas. If you can support our work, your money will be used to help us continue and expand these projects.

Training mental health workers

Since 2014 ZHTS has been supporting the mental health training of nurses working in the major psychiatric hospitals in Zimbabwe. Mental health in Zimbabwe continues to be marginalised, poorly…

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Supporting family medicine

Family doctors are critical to Zimbabwe's health system but, until now, there has been no specific training programme for doctors who want to develop a career in family medicine.…

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Skills database

ZHTS has been building up a database of health professionals in the UK who can support their fellow workers in Zimbabwe. A survey of ZHTS members has identified a number who…

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The Friendship Bench project

The Friendship Bench is a groundbreaking community health project, supported by ZHTS, that is changing lives in Zimbabwe – and beyond.


  • Dr Melanie Abasdeputy director at the Centre for Global Mental Health, King’s Health Partners and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    "ZHTS has been a long-term supporter of the Friendship Bench, playing a vital role in essential training for the lay health workers."

  • A mental health nurseIngutsheni Hospital, Zimbabwe, March 2016

    "Everything in the course was beneficial to my clinical work, particularly risk assessment and safeguarding issues for patients and people in the community”

  • A student nurseChitungwiza hospital, Zimbabwe, March 2016

    "I learnt that children should be advocated for because they can be at risk of exploitation and neglect.”

Support our work

Dr Bridgette Kagonye, on the paediatric ward

ZHTS raises funds to help health workers, such as these midwives, change lives.

Our overhead costs are minimal and no one is paid within the organisation – every penny raised goes towards supporting health professional training in Zimbabwe. You can support ZHTS’s valuable work:

Make a donation.

You can do this quickly and securely via our Virgin Money Giving page.

Become a regular supporter.

Pledge a regular donation via our Virgin Money Giving page. Download our membership form to become a member, or contact us for more details.

Offer your skills.

If you are a health professional and keen to offer your skills to support training in Zimbabwe then please complete this survey.


In September 2016, Paediatrician Dr Tsitsi Chawatama delivered neonatal resuscitation training (refresher training)  to nurses in Chitungwiza hospital.  It was well received by the nurses and Dr Chawatama plans…

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Training of paediatricians

In July 2016 Dr Sibanda gave a lecture series covering Epilepsy and Child protection.  The students were enthusiastic and the feedback was very good.    The Paediatric department of…

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Supporting family medicine training

In April 2016, ZHTS's Dr Duncan Keeley and Felicity Ashworth visited Zimbabwe to support the development of a formal postgraduate training programme for family physicians in Zimbabwe. Duncan and…

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  • Friendship Bench expansion plans
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The Friendship Bench project is now being scaled up to support other communities in Zimbabwe. 280 community health workers are being trained to care for people in their communities…

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Contact us

Please get in touch to find out more about our work and how you can support it.

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