2010 Meeting Critical Leadership Needs Under Difficult Circumstances

Meeting Critical Leadership Needs Under Difficult Circumstances


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Session Description:

Many developing countries are often plagued by economic, political and human resource challenges that have unprecedented effects on the health system and the public health. Consequently, there is some trepidation that these countries will not be able to meet key mile stones in health because of the complexities of their challenges. In this session, Zimbabwe was presented to indicate that competent and dedicated leaders can enable a failing health system to thrive in the midst of hardship and uncertainties.

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Brigadier General (Dr.) Gerald Gwinji

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe


Dr. Gwinji was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) as a Medical Cadet while at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School in 1984. Upon completion of his studies, he was posted to 4 Field Ambulance Company as a Medical Officer in 1987. In 1989, Dr. Gwinji was attached to the Parirenyatwa Hospital’s Renal Unit as Senior Medical Officer where he was instrumental in developing the Dialysis Programme for patients with renal problems. He was also in charge of the Special Clinic at State House. Dr. Gwinji was appointed to 2 Medical Company as Director of Medical Services in 1989. Since 2000, he has served as Director General Health Services, is in charge of health matters in both the ZNA and AFZ and forms the highest point of interaction of the ZDF Health Services with other organizations such as the Ministry of Health, WHO and other U.N. Agencies, and SADC Military Health Services Work Group. Dr. Gwinji was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2004 and holds several military awards including 10 years Service Medal, Mozambique Campaign Medal and Grand Officer of the Zimbabwe Order of Merit Medal.

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