Innogen · ‘Innogen Insider’ blog · October 10, 2014
The poor and their health needs: hard-to-reach, still?
by Julius Mugwagwa
In early September, I attended a three-day Zimbabwe all stakeholder conference on health in Victoria Falls, as part of the â€˜innovative spending in healthâ€™ project. This event revealed, among other challenges, that just over 10% of Zimbabweâ€™s 15 million population has medical aid cover. This means that the majority of the countryâ€™s urban and rural poor, and those in farming and other remote communities, cannot access private or specialist healthcare unless they can pay for the service out-of-pocket.