Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Zimbabwe plea for £440m health cash

Zimbabwe has appealed for 440 million pounds to restore health services

Zimbabwe has launched an appeal for £440 million to restore health services shattered by a decade of political and economic turmoil.

Health minister Dr Henry Madzorera said the "systematic decrease" in basic health care destroyed services once seen as among the best in the region.

The poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in rural communities, were hardest hit by rising child and maternal mortality and acute shortages of medication, including Aids drugs.

The appeal, backed by the World Health Organisation, Unicef and the World Bank, seeks donor, private and government funds to raise annual spending on health per person to £21, up from the present £5.70.

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