Childbirth Screams Cost Zimbabwe Women Money

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Transparency International’s recent report about global corruption revealed that women giving birth in a Zimbabwe hospital were charged 5 dollars each time they screamed.

Transparency International’s recent report about global corruption revealed that women giving birth in a Zimbabwe hospital were charged 5 dollars each time they screamed.

According to the administration, the fee was levied for “raising false alarm”.

Those who couldn’t pay were charged additional penalties and sometimes even held by the hospital until the bill was paid. All of that money is on top of the 50-dollar delivery fee.

Zimbabwe is one of the world’s poorest countries, with a 95 percent underemployment rate and an average annual income of 150 dollars.

Clearly, it doesn’t take too many screams to use up an entire year’s pay giving birth.

An investigation spurred by Transparency International has supposedly put a stop to such fines, but reportedly there are still numerous other fees that are assessed.

At some hospitals women have to bring their own supplies as hospitals say they don’t have the means to provide them. Candles, cotton wool, and water are some of the items pregnant women have been required to furnish.

Not surprisingly, many women opt to give birth at home.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate is 50 percent higher than the Sub-Saharan average.

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