When a measles outbreak hit the country in 2022, MSF supported the national response, targeting the most affected districts in Manicaland province. Our teams provided vaccinations, as well as care to patients, contact tracing, and training. Through health promotion services, we increased community awareness and improved vaccine uptake.
In Beitbridge and Plumtree, we continue to offer medical assistance to vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers, deportees, and local communities. In 2022, we constructed a wellness center in Tongogara refugee camp, which the community has named Baobab House. The center runs mental health services, including individual support, stress management sessions, and recreational activities, to help people dealing with stress and trauma.
In December, we closed our environmental health project in Harare, which implemented activities to strengthen communities’ capacity to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. These included drilling, rehabilitating, and sealing boreholes to improve access to safe water, and setting up community-led solid waste, biowaste, and wastewater recycling projects in the city, which also contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change.