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Zimbabwean Health Workers Call For Crisis Response
Date:11/19/2008

world to act with the utmost urgency to:

A)   Assure that a responsive, legitimate government is in place that can protect the lives and health of the people of Zimbabwe.

B)   Deliver immediate, robust humanitarian aid and medicine into the country, demanding that the government remove all obstructions to this assistance.

C)   Intervene to re-open and support the hospitals and medical school, and assure vital infrastructure and supplies so that health workers can care for their patients.
PHR's colleagues in Zimbabwe have appealed to the outside world to respond to the alarming deterioration of their health system. Medical and public health workers in Zimbabwe report the following:

  • HOSPITAL CLOSINGS: Public health workers in Harare report that due to lack of medicine, equipment, services, and staff, public hospitals and clinics are essentially closed, resulting in preventable deaths. There is no access to care for those who cannot afford private clinics. The only maternity hospital in the capital is also closed. Patients with fractures, meningitis and other acute and dangerous conditions are being sent home, according to another medical source.
  • CHOLERA EPIDEMIC: A cholera epidemic is spreading throughout the country and daily death tolls are on the rise. Fresh water is no longer pumped into urban areas, which will only exacerbate the spread of this infectious disease caused by contaminated water. An unnamed doctor at Harare hospital described the situation as a "disaster of unimaginable proportions".
  • DISRUPTION OF MEDICINE: Essential medicines are unavailable to treat the very diseases that the government's gross negligence has exacerbated. Anti-retroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS patients and TB treatment for chronically ill patients has be
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