Women: A Priority in Accessing Health Care Services

Women, men, youth and children in Umzingwane District will now benefit from access to home-based care after a donation made by the First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa, this morning.

The donation included treatment for newly born babies, clothing and food hampers for less privileged women, and 15 bicycles, to be used for home-based care.

The first lady toured a clinic in Umzingwane’s Ward 2 (Esihlengeni) as part of her health facility assessment in a bid to improve health services for women in the District.

This comes after the First Lady was accorded the role of Health and Child Care Ambassador by the Health and Child Care Ministry at an event where she also launched the “Nursing Now Zimbabwe Project” aimed at recognising nursing and midwifery’s role towards achieving universal access to health.

Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) has for close to six years been working in Umzingwane District as a means of fulfilling its vision, which seeks to see women and girls, at the core of economic, political and social development.

Over the years WILD has noted a number of challenges impeding women’s access to health care services. These include: absence of mother’s waiting shelters, poor road infrastructure, long distances that women travel so as to get access to the nearest medical services, lack of medication and qualified health personnel. Despite promises of free health care, women have raised concern that clinics in the district have been charging women directly or indirectly through user fees.

To improve access to healthcare services, women have facilitated the construction of maternal waiting homes in their Wards as a move towards ensuring safe child birth.

Source: Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)