Health Crisis in Zimbabwe
In 2008, Physicians for Human Rights witnessed the utter collapse of Zimbabwe's health system, once a model in southern Africa. In 2009, we released our shocking findings in the report Health in Ruins: PHR Reports on the Man-Made Health Crisis in Zimbabwe, and called into question the legitimacy of a regime that abrogated the most basic state functions in protecting the health of the population. As the report documents, the Mugabe regime has used any means at its disposal, including politicizing the health sector, to maintain its hold on power. Instead of fulfilling its obligation to progressively realize the right to health for the people of Zimbabwe, the Government has taken the country backwards, which has enabled the destruction of health, water, and sanitation – all with fatal consequences.
Zimbabwe Civic Groups Protest Bad Water (Voice of America, August 8, 2012)
Dozens of civic organizations in Zimbabwe have petitioned the government to ensure all citizens in the southern African country have access to clean water. The protest comes amid continued outbreaks of waterborne diseases—most recently last month’s outbreak of typhoid in the suburb of Chitungwiza which is about 30 kilometers southeast of Zimbabwe's capital city Harare.
Zimbabwe suspends NGOs as possible election looms (Reuters, February 15, 2012)
Zimbabwe has suspended 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in one of its provinces, state media reported on Wednesday, raising worries of a crackdown similar to one that preceded elections in 2008.
Suspected typhoid outbreak shuts Zimbabwe courts (Reuters, February 11, 2012)
Zimbabwe has shut down the capital's main courthouse after a suspected outbreak of typhoid affected magistrates and court officials. The aging infrastructure in Zimbabwe has contributed to the spread of the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated water.
Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights (July 11, 2011)
Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.
Zimbabwe - NGO’s banned in Masvingo Province (February 22, 2012)
Last week, The Governor of the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe banned 29 NGO’s providing humanitarian relief and security in the region. The banned organizations – which include both local groups like Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Care International have provided basic services and support to mitigate a worsening humanitarian situation in the country.
Zimbabwe: 660 People Treated for Typhoid (January 25, 2012)
While the Zimbabwean Constitution Select Committee drafts a new constitution for the country, The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights note that the constitution lacks transparency and, importantly, legitimacy may be a long-awaited opportunity to fairly and freely elect a candidate.
A Dangerous Time for Human Rights in Zimbabwe (July 6, 2011)
According to recent reports from watchdog organization Sokwanele, politically motivated human rights abuses are on the rise in Zimbabwe. President Mugabe must no longer be allowed to violate the rights of his people and the terms of agreements he has signed onto with impunity.
In Zimbabwe, Cholera Remains Major Threat (April 20, 2011)
The World Bank in Zimbabwe is piloting a new project aimed at averting another cholera crisis like the massive outbreak the country experienced in 2008.
Richard Sollom leads human rights investigations to document and expose grave emergency and emerging human rights situations globally. He oversees the design and safe and ethical conduct of PHR’s research work related to the investigation and documentation of war crimes and mass atrocities. Sollom also oversees research, investigations and advocacy on violations of medical neutrality and the systematic discrimination in the delivery or access to health care. Read More »