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March 16, 2012 Mothers in Zimbabwe will soon have access to free maternal healthcare thanks to over half a billion dollars pleged by donors, says finance minister Tendai Biti. According to the Zimbabwe Maternal And Perinatal Mortality Survey conducted in 2007, 26,000 to 84,000 women suffer from disabilities caused by complications during pregnancy and childbirth each year. “The statistics are that 790 out of 100,000 mothers are dying [at birth] and that’s genocide,” Biti said. There are, of course, many factors contributing to these high figures of maternal death and injury, including HIV/AIDS, food shortages, international isolation and a dramatic decline in the quality of primary health care services in the last decade.