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Upenyu and Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked nation in southern Africa. The population of about 12 million is composed of roughly 80% Shona, 15% Ndebele, and 5% white, Asian, or mixed race Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe achieved independence in 1980. Following independence, the nation has experienced unsteady growth and much of Zimbabwe remains very poor. Between 2000 and 2008, Zimbabwe suffered an economic crisis that led eventually to the suspension of the Zimbabwean dollar, which had at that time reached inflation rates as high as 60,000,000%. Zimbabwe's economic challenges have exacerbated the health inequalities that were the legacy of colonialism and minority rule.

Upenyu's work in Zimbabwe is centered around the catchment area of Nyadire United Methodist Hospital, in Mutoko District in the northeastern part of the country.