Monthly Archives: November 2015

Howard hospital leads the way

The high cost of healthcare in most cities has created a reverse migration. Kundai Marunya writes about his experiences at a rural hospital. I recently traveled to Howard Hospital in Chiweshe to get medical assistance for my sister-in-law. She had been diagnosed, elsewhere, with genital

When hospitals can only offer prayer

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has has affected all sectors, not least the health sector. Philani Amadeus Nyoni narrates his experience. If I exclude the day of my birth, I can count all the times I have been in a hospital on one hand. One was both

Outlaws of the road

Zimbabwe’s roads are a death trap. Among the hazards that lie in wait are potholes, narrow highways, negligent traffic cops and lawless pirate taxi drivers. Guest blogger, Keith, tells his story. A few days ago I was involved in the most terrifying high speed car

Playground bullies

Every school playground has a bully. We all remember one from childhood. Uncle Thabani reminisces on the bullies of his school days in Kwekwe. The two most violent people I have ever seen were eight years old when I met them; Adolph and Garikai. Thankfully,

Diaspora versus motherland

An estimated four million Zimbabweans live in exile. Guest blogger Spiwe Harper examines the polarity between the Diaspora community and those living in Zimbabwe. The long distance that separates the people in the Diaspora from our kinsmen back home has, over the years, slowly but

Abortion – injured wombs

Zimbabwe is like many other places, where morals are preached by fire and thunder, yet the pulpit talk matches little action. While this is not entirely related to the above conversation, I have no doubt today that ‘abortees’ (if there is anything like that) are not your ‘loose’ young women or girls. They are not commercial sex workers. They are the goody-goody girl who has a family and community to please. The church girl who is a role model. They are the mother of three boys or girls, desperate for a child of different gender at the fourth attempt. They seemingly are the women who have a ‘reputation’ to protect.
The health ministry provides post-abortion care in government hospitals. These ‘respectable’ women will not set foot there, fearing the possibility of meeting someone connected to their network.