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Where in Africa is Murambinda Hospital?

Murumbinda Hospital is in Zimbabwe.  Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe has a population of around 13 million people  with a life expectancy of 53 for men and 55 for women (WHO figures from 2009). Home to Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, the country is blessed with diverse habitats offering an exceptional variety of spectacular scenery from the majesty of the mountains of Matopos to the beautiful rivers of the Eastern Highlands and scenes of elephant herds and other game roaming the country’s vast stretches of wilderness. Despite its scenic wealth and fertile soils which for many years earned it  a reputation as the bread basket for surrounding countries. In recent years it has been troubled by endemic poverty and unemployment enduring high rates of inflation and critical food and fuel shortages with declining agricultural production. Many Zimbabweans have had to show great resilience to endure these conditions, particularly those outside the cities, and they have, at times, had to rely on grain handouts.

 

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Where in Zimbabwe is Murambinda?

Murumbinda is in Buhera District, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. The name Buhera is an Anglicised version of the name uHera, meaning the territory of the Hera an ethnic group of the Shona who lived in the area and neighbouring Chikomba District. There are two designated urban areas in the district one of which is Murambinda. Buhera District is a rural district of Zimbabwe reliant on the local farming economy which includes crops such as maize, millet, and groundnuts. Most of the population are subsistence farmers on communal land system administered by local chiefs. The intermittent and infrequent rainfall mean that irrigation schemes are important. However much land does not have access to irrigation and some schemes have fallen into disrepair.

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Buhera District

Where in the Buhera District is Murambinda?

Murumbinda is in Buhera District, of Zimbabwe, around 90 miles by road from the provincial headquarters in Mutare, the third largest city in Zimbabwe. The district headquarters are in Buhera, about 19 miles southwest of Murambinda. The population of Murambinda is unknown but a 2004 census estimated it at 3,383 people. Murambinda Mission Hospital is administered by the SISTERS OF THE LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Harare. The hospital, which has an affiliated nurses training school, was founded in 1968 and functions as the district hospital for nearly 300,000 district inhabitants.

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