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Analytical summary - Health workforce

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Most of Zimbabwe’s health institutions are understaffed and burdened with heavy workloads. This shortage is most critical in rural areas. The vacancy rate for doctors as of 2011 was 69%, nurses 62%, midwives 80%, environmental health technicians 61% and medical school lecturers 63%[1].

The overall density of health workers per 1,000 population is 1.23[2].


  1. Government of Zimbabwe. Health Transition Fund: A multi donor pooled Fund for Health in Zimbabwe; 2011 page 18
  2. Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. National Health Strategy for Zimbabwe, 2009-2015; page 96