Hospital Charges Women $5 for Every Scream in Labor
Report cites practice as evidence of corruption in Zimbabwe
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Washington Post has spotted an almost too-hard-to-believe nugget from an international report on corruption: A hospital in Zimbabwe charges women $5 for every time they scream during labor. In theory, it's to curb "false alarms," but it's really about "separating mothers from their money," writes Max Fisher.

Zimbabwean hospitals also typically charge a $50 delivery fee, which may not sound like much until you realize it amounts to a third of an average citizen's yearly income, says Transparency International. That helps explain why so many women opt to give birth at home, and why the UN estimates that eight Zimbabwean women die each day in childbirth. (Flagged by Slate, which has more. The overall report also found that 1 in 4 humans paid a bribe last year.)

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milosleubner
Jul 13, 2013 4:43 AM CDT
Mugabe , another "freedom fighter " bush Marxist who brought beautiful Rhodesia to near non=existence . Killing white farmers, four generation Africans ,blowing up houses ,roads ,people in place where nobody went hungry and rascism did not exist except in minds of ignorant and deprived ,lazy and empty Americans screaming for justice by law where there was already justice by life itself. Now he is giving away last of producing farms to his old bush fighter bodies who never held a shovel in their hands and the farms die within a year and more children die of starvation. Same thing in neighboring South Africa ,where maybe only the Zulus managed to maintained some level of sanity ,prosperity and order . American "good doers" win again !!!
watashiwa
Jul 12, 2013 4:58 AM CDT
there's a lesson in all this, what's the common thread with all things managed by Africans?
NOTSONUTSO
Jul 12, 2013 2:05 AM CDT
So sad. Women in Africa already suffer terribly.