Orphans and other vulnerable members of society in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from an initiative to improve the country’s health assistance scheme.
Under the scheme, the Ministry of Labour and Social Services, with support from World Education (WEI), will review its health insurance scheme, which operates through Assisted Medical Treatment Orders, then develop an improved one.
According to a ministry spokesperson, this is a statutory programme mostly funded through the national budget and is now part of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable children (NAP II).
The health assistance scheme aims to provide access to health and other emergency support services for the most vulnerable children. This includes referring them to other vital services for nutrition, health (e.g. antiretroviral treatment) and livelihoods.
lt is also understood that the department responsible for the scheme has for years been dogged by budgetary and operational challenges and there is a need to revitalise its systems to ensure that health is accessible to vulnerable groups in society for an improved national health capital base.