The local hospital, Chikombedzi
The Mission Hospital in Chikombedzi provides care and medical services for locals near and far.
Pam Harrison, a long standing supporter of AFADU, who retired to Airlie Beach, has made it her business to provide the hospital with additional and much needed supplies year on year.
She sources support from local Australian companies and ensures our bi-annual container shipment of goods to LCV contains a good portion for the hospital.
The hospital also has a “wing” (huts on the premises) where expectant mothers wait out the last few weeks of their pregnancy so when the time comes they are near by. Some walk for days in the last months of their pregnancy!
Health surveillance and intervention
Zimbabwe and the Chikombedzi community continue to face deep struggles combating HIV AIDS and malaria like all the countries south of the Sahara. In 2013 Chikombedzi Mission Hospital recorded 2643 cases of malaria, and 2365 cases of HIV AIDS and AIDS related conditions.
Our HIV AIDS clients present a peculiar challenge especially in follow up as they fail to come for reviews. To this end through support from partners we carried out weekly outreach programmes to various places within the district.
This was very helpful. 1860 cases of Acute Respiratory Infection were treated, and 40 new cases of diabetes and 169 cases of hypertension diagnosed – bringing the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases for our community. 212 cesarean sections last year and we had 3 maternal deaths. Audit meetings were conducted to see how these could have been prevented.
Although Sub-Saharan Africa has 24% of the global burden of disease, it has only 3% of the world’s health workers. While the need for health care in the Region has increased, the availability of health workers has either stagnated or declined.
Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa, at the Regional Consultation on Medical Education and Training in Congo on 9 July 2014, called on delegates “to come forward with concrete suggestions on how best to scale up the quantity and quality of Africa’s medical graduates taking into account Africa’s unique epidemiological context, public health threats, and underlying cultural, social and economic determinants”.
This is a very real issue. Dr Makore notes that 2013 was a very difficult year, having to make do with skeleton staff as colleagues were undertaking further training and Chikombedzi Mission Hospital’s long serving nurse Mr Siwawa retired.
Dr Maimba, joined the team in April 2013, however, this year has been stressful as there is no top-up available for his small salary.
In general the hospital appearance has improved.
The whole hospital has been painted green and the gardens are now very beautifully kept. A sliding security gate has been installed and the fence kept in order for the area around the hospital.
So no more goats inside the hospital!
Dr Fergal Fleming from St Vincent De Paul Society, Australia, helped the team develop a staff housing policy, this is going through approval and the hope is that it will be implemented shortly.
As of mid-2017, the TB ward has been renovated with the help of SolidarMed, who are now a partner of the hospital.