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Public Health

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science Zimbabwe

Program Overview

Zimbabwe is a classic example of healthcare within an under-resourced African context. A decade ago, life expectancy had slumped to the lowest in the world; 34 for woman and 37 for men. This was largely as a result economic collapse coupled with the impact of HIV/AIDS. Change within the country, together with international aid, have brought dramatic improvement, but the situation on the ground remains challenging. On this program, students experience various elements of the healthcare system including government run institutions, private clinics and hospitals, home based care organizations, NGO programs and mobile clinics. With each visit, a clearer perspective of the strengths and challenges faced by health professionals in Zimbabwe is realized. We examine public health in depth, pediatric care, emergency response (cholera and typhoid are common), malaria interventions, as well as a variety of international intervention programs. These will include WHO, UNICEF, USAID, World Vision and some locally registered initiatives.


This module takes students around different parts of Zimbabwe, namely Harare, Gweru, Hwange and Victoria Falls. Accommodation will be in lodges and hotels.

Educational Outcomes

  • Give participants thorough insight into the state of the health delivery system in Zimbabwe
  • Allow students to explore and compare the healthcare needs and practices in the Zimbabwean context with those of their own country/ community
  • Provide a platform for students to have some hands-on experience outside of their usual environment
  • Engage participants in conversations and discussions that will help them to critically think through key public health principles and their application
  • Foster a culture of group work and sharing of ideas via a group presentation exercise

Module Length

The minimum duration for this module is 6 days. The maximum length is 21 days (longer modules may incorporate additional study locations).


Professor Ruedi Lüthy

In the late 1980s, Professor Ruedi Lüthy founded and presided over the Swiss HIV Cohort Study which contributed significantly to knowledge about HIV and AIDS in the world at large. Professor Lüthy studied medicine at the University of Zurich. Later he founded the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital Zurich, which he headed for more than twenty years.

He also co-founded the Zurich hospice ‘Lighthouse’, which he directed from 1995. In the late 1980s, he founded and presided over the Swiss HIV Cohort Study which contributed significantly to knowledge about HIV and AIDS in the world at large. He was at some stage the President of the Swiss Federal AIDS Commission and has also served as an Honorary Professor for Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich. At an HIV/AIDS conference in 2002, a doctor from Zimbabwe asked him for assistance in a health study. In 2003 Lüthy travelled to Zimbabwe where he later built an outpatient HIV clinic and a reference laboratory. The professor is a member of the Foundation Board of Swiss Aids Care International and lives in Harare with his wife.

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Featured Experiences

Boma Restaurant

Meaning “the place of eating,” Boma appeals to the senses with a variety of local dishes including game meat such as kudu, warthog and ostrich. Guests are welcome to take part in traditional drumming and dancing. You even have the opportunity to eat a local delicacy – mopane worms!

Craft Workshop

Enjoy a cultural evening with Zimbabwean musicians, after which the local craftsmen will be available to teach you how to craft beautiful pieces of jewellery and sculptures. This cultural immersion experience will not only teach you new skills, but give you insight into the cultures and traditions of the people of Zimbabwe.

High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

Visit the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, renowned for it’s colonial-era architecture. This five-star hotel is only a ten-minute walk from the falls themselves, and was built in 1904 as a key part of the “Cape to Cairo” railroad dream. Today, enjoying a high-tea on the terrace gives you insight into what life was like over a hundred years ago as you gaze at the Victoria Falls Bridge, mist rising from the thundering waterfall.

Tiger Fishing

These ferocious, predatory fish lurk throughout much of the Zambezi, catching prey with their enormous jaws and needle-like teeth. Add a tiger fish to your repertoire during your sports fishing adventure on the Zambezi.

Flight of Angels

Hover through the pounding mist of Victoria Falls as you explore the stunning landscape from the air. A specially designed helicopter, providing panoramic visibility to every passenger, takes you high into the sky to be truly encompassed by the mesmerizing grandeur of the falls.

Victoria Falls

Known as the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The waterfall system is the largest on Earth, about 1.7 kilometers wide and one hundred and eight meters high. Enjoy being awestruck by the sheer magnificence of the falls.

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