Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) conducted a virtual situation analysis of the Covid19 vaccine availability in rural Matabeleland South Province targeting a random sample of 20 wards from Gwanda rural district, Insiza district, Matobo district and Mangwe district. The situation analysis was informed by key informants resident in those communities and active in public life – mostly the community leadership. From each district 5 wards were sampled for analysis.
The main objectives of the situation analysis were:
- To establish the state of Covid19 vaccination availability in selected rural communities of Matabeleland South province;
- To investigate any impediments to public access to the Covid19 vaccine in rural communities of Matabeleland South province;
- To enhance Covid19 vaccine accountability in Zimbabwe.
Covid-19 vaccine availability
In all the 20 communities of Insiza, Gwanda, Mangwe and Matobo Districts that were sampled and surveyed, key informants revealed that there was no Covid19 vaccine in their local clinics and this has been going on for more than 1 month now. In some of the clinics, they alluded to the 2nd dose being available but not the 1st dose. The key informants explained that they hear that the 1st dose is available in major hospitals and in Bulawayo.
Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) is a registered non-profit organization that exists to enhance the protection and promotion of fundamental human rights and freedoms in Zimbabwe through social accountability and nonviolent social movement building. MIHR views the Covid19 pandemic as a major human rights risk and therefore the importance of high levels of accountability in managing and responding the pandemic is critical.
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Source: Matabeleland Institute of Human Rights