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Public Health

Faculty-LedFaculty-Led | Health Science Zimbabwe

Overview

This program is designed to provide a holistic overview of the Zimbabwe healthcare system experience and students will gain exposure to various role-players 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 healthcare practitioners in Zimbabwe is realized. Students will 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 may include WHO, UNICEF, USAID, World Vision and some locally registered initiatives.

Why Zimbabwe?

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. It is against this backdrop that students are able to get a first-hand account of healthcare provision in a developing country.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the key themes in the healthcare system in Zimbabwe
  • Compare and contrast healthcare provision in Zimbabwe with that of their own country.
  • Present on public health principles and their application to local contexts.

Note: Specific learning outcomes and activities can be constructed in collaboration with EDU Africa’s dedicated curriculum development team.

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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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