The United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Zimbabwe) is hosting a week-long managerial workshop for health executives at district level.
Run by the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Community Medicine, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, and the Health Services Board, the programme is aimed at equipping district health officers with leadership and management skills to more effectively fulfil their mandates and to improve service delivery.
“CDC-Zimbabwe is proud to partner with the UZ Department of Community Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to strengthen leadership and management capacity at the district level, which is necessary to achieve the health goals of the nation.
“The rubber hits the road in public health at the district level,” said Peter Kilmarx, director of CDC-Zimbabwe.
The programme is a five-year initiative worth $650 000 per year and is part of a health leadership,
management and governance project being rolled out throughout Zimbabwe to rebuild and “re-skill” health managers and their professional teams.
Workshop participants have been drawn from six districts from Mashonaland Central (Mount Darwin and Centenary), Mashonaland East (Chivhu and Hwedza) and Mashonaland West provinces (Mhondoro Ngezi and Makonde).
This is the fourth such workshop to be conducted with CDC-Zimbabwe support.
At its conclusion, 140 district health executives will have been trained covering 24 districts throughout Zimbabwe.
The previous district health executive cluster trainings had representation from Makoni, Rushinga, Mudzi, Nyanga, Shamva, Mtawatawa, Nkayi, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Chiredzi, Mwenezi, Hwange, Kariba, Zvimba, Hurungwe, Gokwe South, Shurugwi and Zvishavane districts.
“Zimbabwe recognised the district as the operational level for planning, implementation and coordination of government health policies,” said Mashonaland Central provincial medical director, Clemence Tshuma.