We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
Zimbabwe is a large, landlocked country in Southern Africa; home to the spectacular Victoria Falls and 12.6 million people. The country achieved independence from Britain in 1980 and has since been led by President Robert Mugabe, leader of the ZANU-PF party.
During the country's recent political crisis the price of food and commodities soared leaving thousands in desperate need, and the country’s health system collapsed. Hospitals closed, medical staff emigrated and basic drugs and medications became scarce. During the same period, the HIV/AIDS epidemic continued to sweep Southern Africa.
As a result, life expectancy in Zimbabwe is just 51 years – Zimbabwe is rated 215 out of 222 countries by this measure. Zimbabwe also ranks fifth highest in the world for deaths from HIV, many of them attributable to TB. HIV co-infection is present in 75% of Zimbabwe’s TB cases. International aid flows to the country have been slow to recover, and just 36% of the nation’s National TB Programme budget is funded.
Stats and facts: TB in Zimbabwe
In 2012, there were nine avoidable deaths a day from TB in Zimbabwe:
- Deaths from TB: 3,400
- Number of new TB cases: 80,000
- Number of new TB cases in people living with HIV: 60,000
- Number of people living with HIV (adults and children): 1,200,000
- Number of new HIV infections annually: 62,000
- New TB cases with multi-drug resistance: 1.9%
- Retreatment TB cases with multi-drug resistance: 8.3%
- Funding available as percentage of National TB Programme budget: 36%
Our project in Zimbabwe: