Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Began as a British colony of Southern Rhodesia
  • Location: southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia
  • Three official languages: English, Shona and Ndebele
  • Climate: tropical with a rainy season from late October to March
  • Has a centralized government and is divided into eight provinces
  • There are widespread reports of violations of human rights under the current government including rape and torture.
  • Economy: mining and agriculture
  • Religion: predominantly Christianity
  • Capital: Harare (pop. 1.501 million)
  • Population: 14,229,541
  • Literacy rate: 86.5%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

What government is currently in power?

  • A parliamentary democracy
  • Executive President Robert Gabriel MUGABE (since 31 December 1987)
  • Voting in the presidential election was severely flawed and internationally condemned

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 26.11/1,00 live births
  • Maternal mortality rate: 443/100,000
  • Life expectancy: 57.05 years
  • The health care system is in a state of collapse with multiple major hospital closures over the last few years.
  • Recent outbreaks of cholera in 2008.
  • Physicians density: 0.08/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 16.74%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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