During the past two decades, Zimbabwe has experienced economic difficulties which have resulted in sharp decrease in funding for social services, in real terms. This is directly contributed towards an unprecedented deterioration of health infrastructure, loss of experienced health professionals, drug shortages and a drastic decline in the quality of public health services.
Medical equipment for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients is critical in the provision of quality care at all levels of the healthcare system. Currently available equipment is old, obsolete and non-functional.
Fixed plan and equipment such as laundry machines, kitchen equipment and boilers are also non-functional resulting in most institution failing to sterilize theatre and maternity equipment, cook, or provide clean linen as well as meet basic hospital standards for patient care and infection control measures.