Friends of Murambinda Hospital is a UK Registered
donations you make go directly to support
projects. The trustees pay all administrative
costs. All trustees have worked in Murambinda.
promote the health of the people of Buhera
Zimbabwe and the education and well-being of
is one of the poorest districts of Zimbabwe. Most
people scratch a living by semi-subsistence
farming. The climate is semi-arid and the soil is
poor. Any failure of rains or disturbance of the
crops or cattle can spell disaster to the people.
Buhera district has problems with malnutrition
and malaria. Infant deaths are common and many
mothers die in pregnancy and childbirth. Added to
this, in recent years, AIDS and TB have been
We support Murambinda
Mission Hospital, its associated community clinics, and the
Dananai (Shona:unconditional love) Home Based Care Programme. Murambinda Mission Hospital is the only medically staffed hospital
in the district. It is the acting government district hospital
run by the sisters of the Little Company of Mary. It has 125
beds and has around 77 staff. In 2004 it had more than 6,000
admissions, more than 1600 births, more than 1800 minor, and
186 major, operations. In addition around 16,000 people were
seen as outpatients. It is a very busy place. The district has
a population of 300,000 people with 3 doctors and 39 nurses.
The hospital is at the forefront of trying to broaden the provision
of HIV / AIDS care by providing antiretroviral treatment to
expectant mothers and to staff. The aim is to provide them to
all in need soon with the help of ISPED University of Bordeaux
"Prevention of mother to child
transmission of HIV: evaluation of a pilot programme in a district
hospital in rural Zimbabwe"
Perez, Orne-Gliemann, Mukotekwa, Miller, Glenshaw, Mahomva,
BMJ 2004;329:1147-1150 (13 November),
For each doctor
in Buhera district, there are 150 in England!
each nurse in Buhera, there are 48 in England!
need all the support they can get - you can help
provide it through FMH.
Home Based Care Centre is the community outreach
programme based at the hospital. It provides care
and education. Care to the terminally ill and
community support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Education via schools, community groups and peer
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