Babies born on pensioner’s floor as Zim’s health system collapses
Meet the battered country's own Florence Nightingale, who has delivered scores of babies in her tiny flat
The floor is dusty, the walls filthy and the furniture decrepit, but for two weeks last month a tiny flat in a Harare township was transformed into a maternity clinic where scores of babies were born.
Its owner, 69-year-old Esther Gwena, says she helped to deliver 250 infants as Zimbabwe’s health sector tottered – a feat that earned comparisons to Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing.
Hundreds of junior doctors at state hospitals began a strike three months ago because their salaries – less than $200 (R2,900) a month – are not enough to live on in a country gripped by 500% inflation...