In Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS affects 18 to 20 percent of the population, killing on average 300 victims a week. Many children are orphaned as a result.
Outbreaks in cholera also threaten to affect an increasing number of the population.
Food making up the national staple diet of maize, flour, cooking oil and sugar are constantly in short supply and are frequently unavailable as many farmers lose their businesses.
Political unrest is always looming.
The brutal violence against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change left him lying in a hospital bed with half of his face rearranged by the police.
Amidst violence, food shortages and the world's most inflated economy, people still remain hopeful for a better future.