World Health Organisation plans strategy following Zimbabwe staff drain

By Health Reporter

A top World Health Organisation representative last week discussed Zimbabwe’s predicament of losing health personnel to greener pastures, leading to a crafting of a strategy that will assist the Southern African country

Professor Jean-Marie Dangou, who is the new acting country representative,  last Friday met Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, also the Minister of Health and Childcare and spotlighted a number of issues.

Chiwenga said Zimbabwe had explained to WHO areas that affecting Zimbabwe in its health delivery system, and how Zimbabwe fits in the global health governance architecture.

Dangou explained discussions focused on areas such as raising Zimbabwe’s visibility at regional and global level when it comes to health matters.

Zimbabwe’s health staff drain came under the spotlight.

Dangou revealed: “We also discussed the topic around the exodus of the health workforce from Zimbabwe . . .

“We will in the coming weeks, coming months inform on what strategy is to be implemented so that the health system can continue functioning even when part of its workforce has been hired by other countries.” 

Zimbabwe’s weak health system has been hit by exodus of trained workers.

Recently, Britain directed that there be no more agency recruitment of Zimbabwean nurses to stop the active drain of personnel.

Professor Jean-Marie Dangou has an international reputation for his work in Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and cancer in particular

He became the Regional Advisor for Cancer Prevention and Control at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in July 2007, and later on the Team Lead for the NCDs Integrated Management programme and, Coordinator of the NCDs Primary Prevention Programme Area. Jean-Marie worked as WHO Representative in Zambia, in Guinea and in The Gambia.

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