Japan has provided more than US$322 000 to improve the delivery of basic emergency medical services in remote communities of Manicaland Province.
The project is being implemented by the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS).
Under the project, Chikore Mission Hospital in Chipinge and Hauna District Hospital in Mutasa will receive fully-equipped four-wheel-drive ambulances while Nyanga District Hospital will get a PCR machine.
About 194 240 people are expected to benefit across the three districts that are still recovering from the effects of Cyclone Idai. Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Satoshi Tanaka said:
Given that some people affected by Cyclone Idai still remain cut off from access to emergency healthcare, I hope the ambulances will ensure that they receive life-saving health services and that the PCR machine will allow improved diagnosis and treatment of viruses.
I also expect this new equipment to make the communities more resilient to future climate shocks and virus outbreaks in the future.
In addition, four ambulance drivers, four nurses and two laboratory technicians will receive training in their respective fields.