The virtual collapse of the health delivery care system in Zimbabwe has prompted the private medical and corporate sectors to launch a trust to fill the gap and help rebuild the country's strapped, understaffed and badly dilapidated treatment system.
The Zimbabwe Health Access Trust, launched this week in Harare, aims to raise funds from the diaspora in South Africa, the United Kingdom and other countries to channel monies into bank accounts to ensure their families can receive the care they need.
Trust members include Zimbabwe Medical Association President Paul Chimedza, who is chairman of the organization, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce President Marah Hativagone, Zimbabwe Pharmaceutical Company Chief Joselyn Chaibva and Mighty Movies Chief Executive Officer Supa Mandiwanzira.
Chimedza told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that after five years offering free treatment in community clinics with donated drugs and facilities, he and colleagues realized that there were major gaps to be filled.
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