Women living in the rural areas usually experience health customs and have less access to health care than those living in urban areas. Many rural areas have limited numbers of health care providers especially women health providers.
The health outcomes of women living in the rural areas have yet continued to fall down mainly because of lack of trained medical staff. Most medical professionals have left country in search of greener pastures. This has resulted in women not getting the proper medical attention that they need leading to high mortality rate especially in maternal health care.
In as much as the majority of women have moved away from traditional practices especially in the urban areas, women in rural areas are still banking on traditional leaders for psychological and psychiatric problems. Most of the herbs that they are given to use are not tested anywhere some are fake and this has left these women in danger, some even suffer the rest of their lives from an ailment that can be easily dealt with by a professional physician.
Accessing health care centres is not an easy task for the most women living in the rural areas. There are still a very few health centres in rural areas of most parts of Zimbabwe. This has left most women with no option but to travel very long distance to get to these centres. This has proven to be very strenuous especially considering that ox-down carts are still the major means of transport to ferry patience to the clinics. Some of these women default their medication especially HIV/AIDS patience and TB as well. This also goes for women who are expected to be going for antennal visits monthly hence all putting this health at stack.
Malaria is also a huge threat to women living in low lying areas. Mosquito nets could be available in the health centres but the knowledge that they could be going for free is not available to all as well as vacation programs which being poorly communicated.
HIV/AIDS treatment programs have not been much of a success because treatment is supposed to compliment with nutrition. Nutrition to most women in the rural areas has been a major problem hence treatment programs have failed in many areas.
To sum up women living in the rural areas are facing challenges as far as health care is concerned lack of access to healthcare providers, lack trained health personal, nutrition issues, poor educational and communication of available health programs have been some of the challenges these women are facing daily which need much improved to in order to change the health of women especially in the rural areas.