Years of armed conflicts, particularly in the eastern provinces, have left the country facing extreme poverty.
Since its independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has experienced a tense political environment and an unstable economy.
To tackle its financial challenges, the country is creating initiatives to reinvigorate the economy, including replacing the national currency with the American dollar for international trade. While the economy has improved significantly in recent years, the public health situation continues to deteriorate.
Many Zimbabweans suffer from malnutrition coupled with HIV and AIDS infections, but the country’s weakened public health system can’t handle this double threat. Since Action Against Hunger started in Zimbabwe in 2002, we have committed to integrating HIV and AIDS education and treatment in our programmes. Around 70% of patients diagnosed with life-threatening hunger also have HIV and AIDS, and our nutrition programmes are specifically designed to treat this particularly vulnerable group.