Munden deserves the basic necessities to live well.

Munden A. Zechariah Mrs. EllisGeography Block 18 December 2017Zimbabwe Health ConditionsSome of the biggest problems in Zimbabwe are poor health conditions, lack of medicalcare, and living conditions. Zimbabweans in general experience a heavy burden of diseases that can be prevented with a simple vaccine such as Aids, HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. For example, Malaria is a disease that is caused by mosquitoes infected by a certain parasite. Malaria can cause “high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness…untreated can lead to death” (CDC.gov).The government provides most of the health care in the country. “In recent years there’s been an economic decline and instability, which has led to the reduction in health-care budgets” (Zimhealth.org). Every person in Zimbabwe is affected by the poor health conditions and lack of medical care, but the country’s underprivileged are impacted the most. Zimhealth.org stated that a 40% drop in health care coverage was the chief cause of the poor conditions in Zimbabwe. The end result is that even the country’s children are not spared from this crisis. Along with Chronic malnutrition (lack of food and water) and sanitation issues, approximately “1 in every 11 children die before his/her fifth birthday. It means an average of 35,500 children die under the age of 5 each year” (Zimhealth.org).Munden 1Every human deserves the basic necessities to live well. The lack of those necessities such as drinking water, bad sanitation, and hygiene affect the poor in Zimbabwe. The Human Rights Watch.org website said that’s a problem because people in Zimbabwe:”…have little access to potable water and sanitation services, and often have to resort to drinking water from shallow, unprotected wells that are contaminated with sewage, and to the defecating outdoors. Many of the residents say that the lack of water forced them to wait for water at boreholes for up to 5 hours a day, and that violence frequently erupted when lines were especially long. Residents also said that they got charged for municipal water, even when the water flowed sporadically or was contaminated, and if you were unable to pay your bills, your water supply got turned off”.There are many solutions being used to improve the health conditions of the people of Zimbabwe. Some of the solutions include: using mobile devices to report on medicine stocks1, water cleansing tablets for purifying water2, better training for medical personnel3, and public- private partnerships (A private-public partnership is when a private business partners with a public government to address an issue).4 Although many solutions are being used, not all of them are successful. For example, Hrw.org states that “Residents said that health clinics and donor agencies gave them mixed and inconsistent messages about water safety, sometimes giving away free water-cleaning tablets though typically not making clear if they were for tap, borehole or well water” (3). We must focus on making sure all who need them to have them.1 Weforum.org 2 Hrw.org3 Weforum.org 4 Weforum.orgMunden 2 Works Cited”Malaria.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.org, 20 Dec. 2017,https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/faqs.html”Troubled Water: Burst Pipes, Contaminated Wells, and Open Defecation in Zimbabwe’s Capital.” Human Rights Watch.org, 2013, pp. 1-3. https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/zimbabwe1113_forUpload_1.pdfJimenez, Joseph. “3 ways to improve healthcare in Africa.” World Economic Forum, 21 Jan. 2015, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/01/3-ways-to-improve-healthcare-in-africa”Health In Zimbabwe.” ZimHealth, www.zimhealth.org/news/health-in-zimbabwe/Munden 3    

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