Harare - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Decent medical care, can treat most conditions. Any serious condition or incident will require a medevac to Pretoria or London. Take malarone if you leave Harare. Get tested for Bilharzia once a year. - May 2021

Private medical care is quite good, and Johannesburg is close in case of medevac for something serious. - Feb 2020

No malaria pills in Harare, but you are supposed to take them if you travel outside the city. If you take normal precautions and have routine immunizations, you should be OK. That said, if something goes really wrong, it will probably be a medevac. Doctors are here, but intermittently striking, and they have no supplies. Medicine is available but apparently only if you have USD. - Feb 2019

No. The health unit at the embassy handles minor issues and serious conditions get referred to Pretoria in South Africa. - Apr 2018

Anything requiring serious attention will need to be addressed in South Africa which has excellent health care. - Sep 2017

There are islands of excellence but most services are very limited and expensive. Quality of care is going down. For anything serious, medical evacuation is the best route. Lack of information on ingredients used in almost all products is scary. You don't know what you're eating. It looks nice but can contain all kinds of pesticides etc. - Jul 2017

There are private doctors that can take care of basic needs.For anything serious you need to go to South Africa.The local health care system is in a shambles. - Jul 2017

Decent but have good insurance - Apr 2016

There is a Regional Medical Officer assigned to Harare. Local facilities are reasonably good. - Dec 2013

The local HIV infection rate is pretty high.Drinking water should be distilled and as always with international travel, check your plastic water bottle seal. Malaria is a concern below Harare. Get your vaccines for everything your medical officer recommends. There are a few hospitals in town that offer decent medical care. - Jul 2013

Emergency medical care is unpredictable. You will want to get medevac'd to South Africa for anything remotely serious. - Jun 2009

The health care system has failed. Have a plan to be evacuated to South Africa for any traumas. They should be able to stabalize you for transport if you have the money. - Dec 2008

Malaria, cholera and other issues need to be considered.embassy has medical assistance and there are still excellent local doctors but hospital facilities are lagging and med-evac woudl be best for most serious issues. - Sep 2008

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