Zimbabwe Barometer 2013: Chapter 6 Health

Date: December 9, 2013
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Key points

  • SGDI score at 59%, based on empirical data is 11 percentage points lower than the citizen score of 70% which relies on perceptions.
  • Women gave a lower score 69% compared to 72% given by men.
  • Maternal mortality, one of the MDG targets and an indicator of women’s access to basic services and rights, is considerably high in Zimbabwe at 960/100,000 live births.
  • The median age at maternal death is 28 years and a quarter of those who die are between 15-19 years of age.
  • One in six women (16%) who have been pregnant reported that they experienced violence during pregnancy.
  • Sixty-six percent of births in Zimbabwe are attended by skilled personnel.
  • Current contraception use for married women is estimated at 62% for women in urban areas and 57% for women in the rural areas.
  • A multi-donor Health Transition Fund (2011-2015), managed by UNICEF, is in place to provide more resources towards the reduction of maternal mortality.
  • The total coverage of sanitation in urban areas is 92% while in rural areas it is 34%.

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