The Cardboard House

Why are we there?

  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Social violence
  • Health care exclusion

Our work

This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:

As Zimbabwe struggles with HIV and TB epidemics, MSF provides comprehensive HIV and TB care, including rapid testing, treatment, counseling, PMTCT, and medical and psychological support for victims of sexual violence.

In Tsholotsho, MSF works in the hospital and 14 rural health facilities, including a family clinic at the district hospital, where MSF provided medical and psychological support to 100 victims of sexual violence.

A nurse takes a blood sample from a patient in Murambinda, Buhera.

In Gokwe North district, MSF staff in two rural hospitals and 16 health centers tested 13,900 people for HIV and registered 2,200 patients for care, started 325 people on TB treatment, and tended to victims of sexual violence. In Beitbridge, MSF supported the MOH with HIV and TB care, working in six rural health facilities.

In Buhera district, MSF mentored MOH staff in 26 clinics ahead of a handover of services and delivered a new TB testing machine that tested some 320 people each month. Teams in Gutu and Chikomba districts trained staff in 23 clinics in preparation for a rapid scale-up of HIV treatment. A new TB testing machine was also installed in Gutu Mission Hospital.

A nurse manages patients’ referrals to MSF’s mobile team in the Murambinda area, Buhera.

In Epworth, MSF focused on TB diagnosis and care and was treating 40 patients for MDR-TB. In Harare’s Mbare neighborhood, a program for victims of sexual violence offers medical care, counseling, and referrals for psychological, psychosocial, and legal support. Working with local partners, MSF cared for 900 new and 925 follow-up patients, more than half under 16 years of age.

Additionally, MSF provided psychiatric care in Harare’s maximum security prison and eight other prisons. MSF also assisted Harare city authorities following a typhoid outbreak.

At the end of 2012, MSF had 680 staff in Zimbabwe. MSF first began working in the country in 2000.

Patient story

Sikhethklle received PMTCT treatment in Tsholotsho

“Thanks to the prevention program, my daughter was born HIV-free. I was so surprised that I called her Surprise. A nurse gave me the medicine I had to take before, during and after giving birth, and she told me what I had to do on the day of delivery.

I did everything as the nurse told me, and when I went into labor, I took the two pills that I had been given at the hospital. I remember that day very well!

I am so happy to see her; especially after all the time I suffered while I was sick. At that time I never imagined I could have a baby, but thanks to the prevention program I managed to have my daughter free of HIV. Soon she will be a year old, and she has already begun to take her first steps.”

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