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“Across the Border, You Are Treated Well, They Care”: Patients and Therapeutic (Im)mobilities in the Honde Valley and Zambezi Borderlands

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Patients cross various kinds of physical, socio-economic and political borders in their quest for therapy. In southern Africa, patients’ therapeutic mobilities and immobilities have become an important part of people’s social histories. This chapter contributes to debates on health and healing practices in southern Africa by examining the changing patterns of therapeutic (im)mobilities and choices in Zimbabwe’s borderlands. By using two case studies of the Honde and Zambezi valleys (along the Mozambican and Zambian borders, respectively), it considers the continuities and reversals in the patterns of cross-border access to health care. While Zimbabwe has historically received more patients from neighbouring Zambia and Mozambique compared to Zimbabweans seeking health care in these two countries, this pattern has changed over time. A significant number of Zimbabweans are now seeking healthcare services in adjacent countries mainly due to the country’s deteriorating economic and political circumstances that affect healthcare service deliveries. In the Honde and Zambezi valleys, quests for healing, therapeutic choices and (im)mobilities are configured by diverse social, economic and cultural processes, including kinship networks and the character and cost of health services in the region.

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Nyachega, N., Matanzima, J. (2023). “Across the Border, You Are Treated Well, They Care”: Patients and Therapeutic (Im)mobilities in the Honde Valley and Zambezi Borderlands. In: Pophiwa, N., Matanzima, J., Helliker, K. (eds) Lived Experiences of Borderland Communities in Zimbabwe. Springer Geography. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-32195-5_10

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