Zimbabwe to explore national telemedicine project
The Government of Zimbabwe is currently testing a national telemedicine project. 12 health facilities have been mobilized- Mt Mellaray, Nyafaro, Ngorima, Nyahode, Nyanyadzi, Chakohwa, Avila, Fombe, Nyatate, Muchadziya, Tombo and Chimanimani. These clinics have been linked to Nyanga and Mutambara Mission District and Mutare and Parirenyatwa Reference Hospitals. The aim of the project is to improve the coverage of rural areas with quality health services. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and Cyber Security, the national telemedicine project is jointly funded by the Universal
Service Fund managed by the Zimbabwe Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) – to which telecom operators contribute 3 per cent of their annual revenue, and the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU). The National Experimental Telemedicine Project is an ambition of Zimbabwe’s National Health Strategy (2016-2020), which aims for universal coverage of the population in quality health services in order to reduce the impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases on health.