Health and well-beingEducate . Train . Empower
ZDNBI looks to champion diaspora led projects which promote improvements in the general health and well-being of all Zimbabweans. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ (WHO, 1948). This is consistent with the biopsychosocial model of health, which considers physiological, psychological, and social factors in health and illness, and interactions between these factors. It differs from the traditional medical model, which defines health as the absence of illness or disease and emphasizes the role of clinical diagnosis and intervention.
The WHO definition links health explicitly with well-being and conceptualizes health as a human right requiring physical and social resources to achieve and maintain. ‘Wellbeing’ refers to a positive rather than neutral state, framing health as a positive aspiration. Importantly, ZDNBI recognizes the link between health and participation in society.