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Village Health Workers Call For Review Of Allowances

Village Health Workers Call For Review Of Allowances

Civic organisations have implored the government to seriously consider increasing allowances paid to village health workers (VHWs), who have been essential in ensuring that rural people have access to healthcare services.

They are currently paid US$15 a month, with US$1 being deducted towards bicycle payments.

These allowances are supposed to be paid per quarter, but most payments were last made more than a year ago.

VHWs’s roles include raising awareness, giving health advice, monitoring the growth of children under five years and mobilising communities during outreach programmes for immunisation.

In a statement, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), which represents more than 20 organisations that deal with health issues, said there is a need to improve the welfare of VHWs in Zimbabwe. Said CWGH director Itai Rusike:

Zimbabwe has slightly over 10 000 VHWs out of a national need of about 30 000, hence some VHWs, especially in resettlement areas, cover a large catchment area cycling distances of up to 30kms.

Instead of working just three days a week and three hours a day, they are on duty 24/7 because of the low numbers.

The Government should seriously consider an upward review of allowances paid to the Village Health Workers and this should be supported by provisions in the national health budget.

In the early years, all VHWs equally benefited from incentives such as uniforms, bicycles and allowances as this was catered for in the national health budget.

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15 Comments

DZT 5 months ago

mmm vanhu vanishanda nzima ava ngavapiwe WO mari shuwa irinanewo


Tariro Zimuto 6 months ago

$15 kuzvidziwa chaiko and zvinorwadza apa mari yacho isingauyi netym


Netsai Sinaravo 6 months ago

Mari iyi sure ishoma pabasa ratinoita ,bcz we create awareness activities among communities ,Equip communities with knowledge and skills to prevent and control diseases ,we also strengthen health promotion and health care activities within communities ,we empower communities to take responsibility for their own health and to take action that promotes positive behaviour change . Vhw ane basa pa nharaunda pane mushando mukuru , chokwadi ngatipiwe vo mare unotenga


Chikerema 6 months ago

Uuummm zvakaoma hazvo Mari toida but haiuyi sure she chw ndopatinoraramira wo zvakaoma hazvo


Kumbulani p ncube 6 months ago

We wish for the best things are tight


Madala Banda 6 months ago

Chavanongowana zvi ma T shirts nema piritsi e family planning


pasi ne zanu pf 6 months ago

shamu one munyuuuuu


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Chahototo 6 months ago

Covid allowance Havana kuiwana nanhasi yakatobiwa na Obed nevamwe wake


Chahototo 6 months ago

Variku chitungwiza wanotungamirwa na Obed mkuya,Havana kana yavarikuwana dza3 years no pay each I vhuriswa ma accounts hobho nemari dzavo Obed achingoti ichauya mari.izvozvi warikudaidzira door to door kuti vanhu wauye kuzobaiwa covid vaccine hapana mari yavarikuwana ye program iyoyo.


Sihambi Siwawa 6 months ago

Ma1 ayoo VHW vanoshanda vanhu vaye but vanobirwa sure ma Nostro avo havapiwe


Bishi Amon 6 months ago

Kana pakaita program yavanopinda mari yavo haisvike yakakwana imwe vanobirwa nebosses avo.


Bishi Amon 6 months ago

Imwe yacho havaiwane yemaprograms vanobirwa nemabosses avo.


Laban 6 months ago

Zvakaoma hazvo, mwari pindirai


Mr ndhlumbi 6 months ago

$15 inokundwa neya house girl kana mufudzi wemombe. To make the matters Worse the few cents are not bieng paid. This current government is failing to pay its workers yakadhakwa


Mr ndhlumbi 6 months ago

$15 inokundwa neya house girl kana mufudzi wemombe. To make the matters Worse the few cents are bieng paid. This current government is failing to pay its workers yakadhakwa



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