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23 Jan 2020

Zimbabwe doctors end strike after billionaire's offer

Zimbabwe doctors end strike after billionaire's offer
BBC:

Zimbabwe's doctors have agreed to return to work after accepting a funding offer from a billionaire, ending a prolonged strike.

The strike over pay and poor conditions lasted more than four months, paralysing the country's healthcare sector.

Last year, Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire Strive Masiyiwa tabled an offer to break the impasse.

Mr Masiyiwa said he would set up a 100m Zimbabwean dollar ($6.25m; £4.8m) fund.

He said this fund would pay up to 2,000 doctors a subsistence allowance of about US$300 a month to help them with transport and living costs.

The billionaire, a private citizen who lives in the UK, will fund the doctors for six months through a fellowship programme run by his Higherlife Foundation, a charitable organisation.

What happens after that period, however, is not clear.

In a statement, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors' Association (ZHDA) confirmed Mr Masiyiwa's offer had been accepted.

"In light of the recent development, the ZHDA wants to extend its gratitude to the Higherlife Foundation for extending its offer once again to all government doctors," the ZHDA said.

"The ZHDA is encouraging its entire membership to go and apply for the training fellowship before the stipulated deadline."

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