Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Kimberley Midzi's research

Kimberley studied women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Zimbabwe

Identifying barriers to women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Zimbabwe and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these barriers. 

Zimbabwe’s health system has been in decline for several years, and this has impacted the provision of sexual and reproductive health services for women. Women cannot access these services as frequently as they should, and this may have negative implications for their health. The aim of this research was to identify the barriers associated with women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, as well as assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these barriers. This was done through a thematic analysis of academic and grey literature, as well as key informant interviews. Research results revealed several barriers to women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, such as cost of services, geographic inaccessibility and availability of services, and cognitive barriers. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic compounded some of these barriers, and provided insight into Zimbabwe’s level of preparedness for future disease outbreaks.  

Coming from a scientific background, I’ve gained an appreciation for qualitative research and the insights that it can provide during the research process, and I encourage everyone to try and incorporate this into their research where possible.

Kimberley Midzi

Global Health Policy

  • Zimbabwe
  • Postgraduate Scholar

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