Pora Health

We address health disparities and health-based poverty traps experienced by Zimbabwe’s marginalized communities.

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Our Drivers

The health disparities faced by Zimbabwe’s marginalized communities emanate from growing decades of structural violence. The urban poor, rural, ethnic minority, and refugee populations face persistent inequities in accessing health care knowledge and health care services. Additionally, these communities often do not have anyone to speak out on their behalf. To this end, Pora Health is driven to bridge these gaps, promoting health equity through grassroots public health education and public health advocacy efforts.

Health equality

We believe every person deserves the right to attain their full health potential and no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstances.

Development

We recognize an important link between health and economic progress; good population health is expected to have a favorable effect on development.

Grassroots

We start work after listening and learning about the unique needs of communities that we work with. We emphasize providing public health education and advocacy that helps strengthen the health and development of a given community.

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From the experts

“Poor health is the number-one poverty trigger. It can quickly tip people into poverty, specifically those already near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder who lack health insurance or substantial savings to cover out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The financial repercussions related to health shocks also have the power to keep poor people submerged in poverty by quickly depleting any of their accumulated wealth with often exorbitant medical bills. This phenomenon is called a health-poverty trap.”

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St. Thomas and Mary Paden

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