250 paediatricians and nurses

Zimbabwe has a young population. 44% of the total population (12 million) are under 15 years old. In 2013 and 2014, Dr Zed Sibanda, a paediatrician, delivered a course of lectures to 120 medical students. There is also ongoing training to support postgraduate students. In 2013, jointly with the Zimbabwe Epilepsy Society, a course about epilepsy was delivered to 100 doctors and150 nurses. A separate workshop  supporting the care of children with disability was held for 25 physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and technicians. Dr Zed Sibanda has contributed to training of at least 10 of current consultant paediatricians and did stand alone courses attended […]

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450 mental health workers

Zimbabwe National Association for Mental Health (ZIMNAMH) estimates that about 300,000 Zimbabweans suffer from various types of mental illness (IRIN Global, 2004). Despite the large burden of mental illness in the community, there is no government provision of psychological treatment in primary care across Zimbabwe and the country as a whole has only a handful of trained psychiatrists in government practice. Alone, mental illness is among the top five leading causes of disability worldwide, but the problem can rarely be tackled in isolation. For example,  depression is more common in people living with HIV, and is associated with accelerated disease progression […]

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200 midwives

The maternal mortality rate in Zimbabwe is 960 per 100,000, among the highest in the world. One in 43 women in Zimbabwe die from a pregnancy related conditions. In association with the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, members of ZHTS have been delivering training to groups of doctors and nurse/midwives in Zimbabwe. The three-day course is designed to address the main causes of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality.The training is delivered through short lectures and breakout sessions for scenarios and skills and the main emphasis is on team work and practical skills. Participants […]

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