In the January 21 edition of the United Nations Association E-News Update, reporter Damiano Beltrami posts a video slideshow from PHR's report on the health system disaster in Zimbabwe.
What happens when a government presides over the dramatic reversal of its population's access to food, clean water, basic sanitation, and healthcare? When government policies lead directly to the shuttering of hospitals and clinics, the closing of its medical school, and the beatings of health workers? We don't need to wonder. It is happening now in Zimbabwe.
PHR CEO Frank Donaghue was recently interviewed by award-winning Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda about PHR's new report, Health in Ruins: A Man-Made Disaster in Zimbabwe. Gonda and SW Radio Africa are based in London, from where they are forced to broadcast in exile to Zimbabwe. Donaghue told Gonda about some of the things he learned first-hand during the investigation for the Health in Ruins report.
With the Zimbabwean government accused of failing to protect the health of its people by the campaign group Physicians for Human Rights, the BBC's Paul Martin sees first hand how the country's health system has disintegrated.
The new PHR report on the collapse of health systems in Zimbabwe has brought media attention to the crisis there. The Washington Post today reports: "The cholera outbreak gripping the country is just one sign of the disintegration of a once-admired health-care structure that essentially ceased to function in late 2008, denying Zimbabweans their human right to health, according to U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights."