Henry working at his clothes making stall.
  • 15m Population [1]
  • 72% People living in poverty [2]
  • 2m People with disability [3]

Zimbabwe, ranked 155th on the Human Development Index, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Zimbabwe was once one of southern Africa’s most vibrant, productive, and resilient countries. However, over the past two decades, it has faced a series of political and economic crises which have led to a breakdown in all public services.

Zimbabwe’s high mortality and illness rates are a result of an under-resourced health delivery system, which is overstretched by the high burden of HIV, maternal and childhood illnesses.

While the rate of HIV prevalence in Zimbabwe has decreased in the last decade, it is still one of the highest in the world at 15%. Children with HIV and disability are among the most vulnerable and marginalised across the country.

The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 125,000 people are living with avoidable blindness in just two districts of Zimbabwe. Our work in Zimbabwe focuses on children living with HIV and disability and improving eye-health services.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.

In action

Preventing blindness in Northern Zimbabwe

An estimated 60,000 people are in need of sight-restoring cataract surgery in Manicaland and Mashonaland West…

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Supporting children with HIV and disabilities

Over 180,000 children in Zimbabwe live with HIV. While survival rates are improving, many develop disabilities…

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23rd Nov 2015

100,000 people to benefit from improved eye care services in Zimbabwe

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Patients with eye patches wait in an open-sided verandah
11th Oct 2017

Eye health and the environment – why sustainability and inclusivity go hand in hand

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