Village Health Workers making a difference
Village Health Workers form a critical backbone of the country’s public health system in rural areas.
Village Health Workers reaching the last mile on two wheels
Having trudged dozens of kilometres in rugged terrain to reach beneficiaries in Zimbabwe’s remote Chipinge district Miranda Muyambo, a Village Health Worker (VHW) describes her bicycle as the ‘perfect gift’, amid the extra demands on her role through the outbreak of COVID-19.
People in rural Zimbabwe say they owe their lives to Village Health Workers
“Granny is a lifesaver,” said Constance Dhliwayo (40), a resident of Zimbabwe’s eastern Chipinge district. She was referring to local Village Health Worker (VHW), Prisca Gwenzi, whom she credits with saving her life in October 2019.
Village Health Workers at frontline of COVID-19 response in rural Zimbabwe
From sharing their own resources with the poor to fighting age-old customs and dealing with cross border threats, Village Health Workers (VWHs) in rural Zimbabwe are taking on the new challenges brought by COVID-19 head-on.
Allowances provide crucial support to Village Health Workers in Zimbabwe
With regular earnings from farming or other activities eroded by the COVID-19 outbreak, Village Health Workers in Zimbabwe’s Chipinge district rely on the allowances provided through UNICEF to help pay for things such as children’s school fees, household items and save for future expenses.
Wife, husband team up to serve their community with health services and information
In Chipinge and across Zimbabwe, village health workers are the frontline, serving hundreds of thousands of people disseminating basic health services and information. Their dedication is rubbing off, and many family members are also learning from them and spreading the message about COVID-19 and other health issues to others in their communities.
A day in the life of a Village Health Worker helping fight COVID-19
As a Village Health Worker (VHW) in Zimbabwe, Francesca often braves the scorching weather in her district, reaching every household in her village, to educate communities on how to keep families safe and healthy during the pandemic. Despite the challenging conditions, the mother of one radiates energy to serve her community and support young women and children to navigate primary health care services offered at Murwira clinic.
UNICEF is making a difference in Zimbabwe through the amazing work of Village Health Workers
People in remote Zimbabwean communities distanced from medical facilities trust Village Health Workers who live in their localities with their lives. Many say they owe their health and that of their children to women and a few men who sacrifice their time to offer health education and basic services to communities that lack quick access to health centres.