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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.

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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.

As Obama Urges Emergency Action on Zimbabwe, Health Crisis Worsens (February 2, 2009)

When Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released its emergency report on Jan. 13 detailing Zimbabwe's health system collapse the reported cholera death toll soared past 2,000....

Health System Collapse Requires International Intervention, Concludes PHR Report (January 13, 2009)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has published a report showing how the cholera epidemic which ravages Zimbabwe is but one symptom of an utter collapse of the country's health system.

Doctors Call Zimbabwe's Ruined Health System a "Man-Made Disaster" (January 13, 2009)

In a new report released today, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) finds that a causal chain runs from Mugabe's economic policies to Zimbabwe's economic collapse, food insecurity and malnutrition and the current outbreaks of infectious disease...

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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.

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Health in Ruins (January 2009)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) witnesses the utter collapse of Zimbabwe's health system, once a model in southern Africa.

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Health in Ruins

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