oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Progress in primary health care Matabeleland north (Robbie Gibson Memorial Lecture)

Volume 33, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The subject of my address is Primary Health Care (PHC) in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, more specifically Matabeleland North which is our Department's area of responsibility. The PHC system has its roots in the community where Village Health Workers and local organizations stimulate development programmes through project committees or Village Development Committees. Rural Health Centres, staffed by State Certified Nurses (formerly Medical Assistants) and Health Assistants, provide a wide variety of health services, including promotion of better health and rehabilitation. Often the staff improve their links with the community that they serve through the medium of a Health Centre Committee. At district level, the professional health workers provide the support without which primary health care cannot survive effectively. Every district has its District Health Executive.

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