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Zimbabwe health services improve through outside aid

Local and international aid programs have worked to greatly improve health services for the people of Zimbabwe, IRIN reports.

In 2007, Zimbabwe's health system had been dealing with a shortage of medications, common drugs, medical equipment and trained staff due to an economic meltdown.

During this time, resident Stella Moyo lost her son just three months after his birth because area hospitals didn't have the medicine to cure his throat infection.

"When I visited a clinic close to my home, I was referred to Chivu Hospital [50 kilometers away] because there were no drugs at the clinic," Moyo told the news outlet. "Unfortunately, the hospital had long run out of antibiotics and I watched as my son’s condition deteriorated, until he died."

Since then, health officials and local hospital workers are saying that conditions have improved.

"During the period of critical shortages of drugs and staff, I witnessed many children, women and other people die because they could not get vital drugs and there was no one to attend to them," nurse Gogo Matilda told the news source."Those deaths could have been avoided and, gladly, we can avoid them now."

Zimbabwe has seen help from humanitarian groups like UNICEF and the European Union (EU), that have given $52 million in aid to get better doctors, equipment and proper medication to care for people of the country. According to a study from the EU, 80 percent of health facilities now have essential medicines available.
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