BP99: Trends in public opinion on health care in Zimbabwe: 1999-2010


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Ismail, Zenobia

Zimbabwe has experienced many economic and political problems in recent years. The unemployment rate is estimated to be close to 90% and the country officially abandoned its currency in 2009.   Under such conditions all services including health care have deteriorated. Average life expectancy dropped from 65 in 1990 to 43 in 2005 while under five mortality has increased from 76 per 1000 in 1990 to 82 per 1000 in 2005. Immunisation, antenatal care and chronic disease treatment declined while HIV/AIDS and cholera plague the country.  Post election violence in 2008 and restrictions on humanitarian aid compounded the health problems in the country. Using data from Afrobarometer this paper examines public opinion trends pertaining to health care in Zimbabwe from 1999 to 2010. The data permit assessments of access to health care, problems experienced at health care facilities, satisfaction with public health care services as well as indicators of the perceived prevalence of HIV/AIDS and cholera