The Zimbabwean healthcare sectors presents opportunities as an influx of illegally imported drugs into the country, along with outdated technology and infrastructure, have not satisfied locals for quite a long time (the Ministry of Health currently does not have personnel stationed at ports of entry to stop illegal imports, but have stated aspirations to change this).
In April 2018, it was announced that Sweden is set to send a business delegation to Zimbabwe to explore investment opportunities and has also pledged US$50 million / ZAR560 million per year, to support Zimbabwe in various areas including health.
In 2018 the EU announced funding programmes worth €11 million (ZAR392 million) to improve people's access to health services and enhance their livelihoods. €20.6 million will be dedicated to ensuring equitable access to quality health services for women and children (the EU has already provided €11 million to support the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission and civil society stakeholders in the preparation of the electoral process).
Opportunites to satisfy a starved-healthcare Zimbabwean market (and the demand of neighbouring countries, including Botswana) offers great promise across the healthcare spectrum. But it also requires local and regional knowledge that only combination of local and international partnerships can provide.
From the provision of basic medicines and medical consumables (biopsy, swabs, dressings, needles, masks etc), to medical infrastructure (installation of elevators and boilers / the acquisition of vehicles and radios and medical & surgical equipment) to hospital equipment (from vaccine and blood bank freezers/carriers, to beds & bedding to trolleys) to alternative energy options (LPG refrigeration), diagnostic equipment and optometry (in Zimbabwe eye health experts estimate that 10 % of the population is blind with the major causes of blindness being cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, diabetes complication due to diabetic retinopathy and refractive errors. While the burden of eye health is high in Zimbabwe, there has been no training of optometrists 37 years after independence).