The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the costs of maternity services in Zimbabwe have continued to escalate, making it difficult for pregnant women to seek proper medical attention.
Aqualine Magandi, a midwife from Harare’s Kuwadzana clinic, states that it has become difficult for most pregnant women to pay for health services. Magandi argues that most of them can't afford the US$50 fees the clinic is charging but there are so many dangers in delivering at home.
Meanwhile, UNICEF says the Zimbabwean government has invested nine percent of its annual budget between 2009 and 2010 in the health sector. However, it says an additional US$700 million is needed to revitalise the health sector over the next three years.
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