The National St John Council of Zimbabwe

St John is a major International healthcare charity, accredited to the United Nations, whose organisations provide first aid, health care and humanitarian programmes in over 40 countries. St John International, based in London, UK supports the work of St John around the world to provide healthcare to some of the world's most vulnerable communities.


St John Association Zimbabwe is part of the family of The Order of St John London, it started operating in Zimbabwe in 1920. Its purposes and objectives being to promote and encourage the spirit and moral strengthening of mankind in accordance with the first great principle of the Order embodied in the Motto “Pro Fide”, encourages and promotes all works of humanity and charity for the relief of persons in sickness, distress, suffering or danger, without distinction of race, class or religion and the extension of the second great principle of the Order embodied in the Motto “Pro Utilitate Hominum”. Our mission is to prevent and relieve sickness and injury and to enhance the health and well being of people of all races and creeds in Zimbabwe.



The St John Association of Zimbabwe started when two members of the National Railways of Rhodesia staff began to teach first aid from St John Ambulance manuals. The first St. John Centre was established in 1925 in Bulawayo to meet the needs of railway staff through such training. Units of St John were set up in Bulawayo and Hwange during 1936 followed in time by the establishment of the same in Harare Gweru and Mutare. The National St. John Council was established in 1981 after independence.


To be the leading provider of effective, qualitative first aid training for primary and home based care and the provision of primary care ambulance services.



To work with the community and other societal organizations in saving lives and alleviating suffering through the provision of First Aid skills and Ambulance services



St John Zimbabwe endeavors to promote the following values:

  • Integrity

  • Transparency

  • Professionalism

  • Ethics

  • Responsibility

  • Care

  • Honesty

  • Cleanliness

  • Respect

HRH The Duke of Gloucester: “Today The Queen joins me in thanking you all for your hard work during the pandemic.”

Each year Global Handwashing Day motivates and mobilises people around the world to improve their handwashing habits – something that has never been as important as during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

On the occasion of this year’s Global Handwashing Day, our Grand Prior, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, sent a video message to all members, volunteers and staff at St John to thank them for their tireless efforts in helping the sick and less fortunate in our societies during these unprecedented times.

“This year has been a year like no other in living memory;” HRH The Duke of Gloucester says in the short video. “A dramatic reduction in first aid training and other services shook many of our St John organisations to the very core.” These difficult circumstances did not stop St John in providing help during the pandemic.


“It is in times like these when you as St John volunteers and staff are needed more than ever”, the Grand Prior continued, “when all of you make tremendous personal sacrifices and freely take over responsibility for others to ensure they are safe from harm, and that they get the help they urgently need.”


His Royal Highness addressed all worldwide members, volunteers and staff at St John to thank them for their commitment and their selfless acts of generosity in times of need, and said, “My fellow St John people, I am – we are all – proud of you.”