Dr Gift Ngwende

Chairman of the Department of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe

Dr Gift Ngwende has been a physician and neurologist since 2008 and is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He runs the Epilepsy and Neurology clinic at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare - the only neurology clinic in the country. In 2013 he established the first and only stroke unit in Zimbabwe at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Until 2016, Gift was the only neurologist working in Zimbabwe. He has since been joined by two other neurologists at the University of Zimbabwe.

He is the current President of the Zimbabwe League Against Epilepsy, a member of the Zimbabwe Epilepsy Support Foundation Management Board and has greatly contributed towards neurological care and research in Zimbabwe. He is the lead writer for the national epilepsy treatment guidelines for the Essential Drug List In Zimbabwe. His involvement in these institutions has given him a solid understanding of the epilepsy landscape in Zimbabwe.