Page 86. " It consisted of two rondavels "

 

Rondavels
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Rondavels are traditional African houses, usually made of stones and mortar with a thatched roof.  They vary in size, and can be highly decorated.

 

 

Page 91. " 'The pill?' suggested my mother. "

Family planning sticker Zimbabwe
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When contraception was first introduced in Rhodesia in 1957, there was much suspicion amongst the black population that it was being used to control their numbers. However after independence in 1980 the economy was unable to support the baby boom and family planning was more widely accepted.  By 1990 Zimbabwe had become an internationally recognised leader in family planning among developing nations.

 

Page 100. " 'Wet' leprosy was becoming rare, even by the mid-sixties. "

Wet leprosy is the more severe form of the disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae.  It leaves the body covered in sores and ulcers, whereas dry leprosy results in nerve endings dying. 

Cases of leprosy in Zimbabwe have declined significantly from 3,000 in 1983 to 35 in 2004, according to the Health and Child Welfare Minister due to active intervention by the Leprosy Programme.