In the decade following Zimbabwe’s independence, remarkable progress in improving the health status of children had been made through life saving and cost effective interventions such as the expanded programme on immunisation.
Unfortunately, Zimbabwe’s social, economic and political challenges over the past decade have combined to negatively affect the positive gains that had been achieved to reduce survival and ensure young child survival and development.
The gains from the biannual Child Health Days and the expanded programme on immunization need to be sustained as Zimbabwe children are not accessing health services the way they used to in the past due to economic challenges. Over 1.5 million children under five are reached with essential immunisation during the bi-annual Immunisation child health days while the on-going EPI programme continues to ensure the supply of vaccines for the child killer diseases.
The essential drugs distribution programme has helped in restocking pharmacies at all the government health facilities, ensuring more than 80% of essential drugs are availble even at the primary health facility.