Our Vision is to have the best cardiovascular healthcare system in the world by ensuring that people diagnosed with the disease receive the best possible care in Zimbabwe, regardless of their standard of living, race, age, gender and religion.

Our Mission is to assist people with, and at risk of cardiovascular disease by providing comprehensive care, information and guidance on how to minimize their risk, alleviate suffering, disabilities and death and implementing policies and programs that improve cardiovascular healthcare in Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

The Heart Foundation of Zimbabwe is a non- governmental, non–political and non- profit making welfare organization. Our core objective is to meet the healthcare needs of people suffering from various heart diseases in Zimbabwe. We are committed to the ongoing fight against the world’s foremost health problem - heart disease, and the improvement of cardiovascular care through medical research, professional education, counseling, public awareness, funding and fund-raising for heart surgeries, treatment and management of cardiovascular diseases. The Foundation solicits and fundraises for local and international heart surgeries, for procurement and distribution of cardiovascular drugs, sundries and equipments to Major Hospitals and health centres across Zimbabwe. Furthermore, the Foundation shall, from time to time, host international cardiac  specialists to Zimbabwe.

Heart surgery is complex and very expensive, over US$10thousand per operation for an adult and over US$15thousand for a Pediatric Open Heart Surgery, excluding other expenses. Heart drugs and sundries are also expensive and most of the time in short supply, especially in rural and remote areas of Zimbabwe.

The unalleviated heart diseases and the inadequate cardiac specialty in the country is a cause for  concern.  The Foundation is addressing most of these challenges.

According to WHO, Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) remain the number one cause of deaths globally: more people die annually from CVDs than  from any other cause, Low- and middle-income  countries are disproportionally affected: over 82% of CVD deaths take place in low - and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women.

People in low- and middle-income countries are more exposed to risk factors leading to CVDs and other non-communicable diseases and are less exposed to prevention efforts than people in high-income  countries. The Heart Foundation Of Zimbabwe is spearheading and bridging  gaps between patients and specialists and shall work with the few  available local cardiologists for the improvement of the well being of cardiac  patients.  

 

The Foundation partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and World Health Organization in the preparations for the hosting World Health Day 2013 whose theme was High Blood Pressure.