- Officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe
- Began as a British colony of Southern Rhodesia
- Location: southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia
- Three official languages: English, Shona and Ndebele
- Climate: tropical with a rainy season from late October to March
- Has a centralized government and is divided into eight provinces
- There are widespread reports of violations of human rights under the current government including rape and torture.
- Economy: mining and agriculture
- Religion: predominantly Christianity
- Capital: Harare (pop. 1.501 million)
- Population: 14,229,541
- Literacy rate: 86.5%
- Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
- Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
- Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com
What government is currently in power?
- A parliamentary democracy
- Executive President Robert Gabriel MUGABE (since 31 December 1987)
- Voting in the presidential election was severely flawed and internationally condemned
- Infant mortality rate: 26.11/1,00 live births
- Maternal mortality rate: 443/100,000
- Life expectancy: 57.05 years
- The health care system is in a state of collapse with multiple major hospital closures over the last few years.
- Recent outbreaks of cholera in 2008.
- Physicians density: 0.08/1,000
- Hospital bed density: 1.7/1,000
- HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 16.74%
- Infectious disease risk: very high
- Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
- Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm
Images From the Field
Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]
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