Rethinking Harare‘s Health Infrastructure under the Impact of COVID-19: An Agenda for Planning


  • Nesbert T Mashingaidze
  • Innocent Chirisa


location, staffing, policy, management, physicalism


The geometric increase of COVID-19 cases in some cities provides a clear signal to city authorities to prepare for international standard health infrastructure that accommodates more patients. Spiking figures of COVID-19 cases in towns also require city authorities to re-plan and re-orient health infrastructures guided by international health standards guidelines set by the World Health Organisations (WHO). Some of these pandemics are ground-borne and others are air-borne. This means that proper planning and orientation of health infrastructure is needed, taking into account issues of accessibility and affordability by its users. With this in mind, the outbreak of COVID-19 can be viewed as a game-changer in the planning of health infrastructure than just a passing phase. This article argues that current health infrastructure considers re-planning and orientation to cater for the voluminous increase in the number of patients to be accommodated, especially with the outbreak of COVID-19. The researchers used qualitative methodology and the study was an extensive desktop review of literature on re-planning of health infrastructure in light of pandemics. The research establishes that the health infrastructure needs re-planning for it to meet the WHO standards on COVID-19 in terms of safety health for both workers and the recipients of the health services provided by these infrastructures.