Babies born on pensioner’s floor as Zim’s health system collapses

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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

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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...

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