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Island Hospice & Healthcare Newsletter - Q1 2022

Island Hospice & Healthcare Newsletter - Q1 2022
“To make a DIFFERENCE in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to CARE.” Mandy Hale
We continue to explore ways to care for those who most need our services amidst the difficult circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has not been easy and we owe our survival to all our partners, donors & volunteers who continue to support the provision of quality palliative care and bereavement services that Island offers to the Zimbabwean community.
As we chart a new and revived path in the somewhat new normal we look forward to walking this journey with you, building and innovating new and sustainable ways of providing care and support to patients and/or clients, and their families who require our services, including children.

News in brief
Palliative care integration (PCI) mentorship for previously trained health professionals (HPs), commenced in February 2022. Island is a technical partner in the PCI program which seeks to integrate palliative care into the country’s primary healthcare system, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC).
The palliative care team at Kotwa General Hospital introduced a Palliative Care register.
The palliative care team at Kotwa General Hospital introduced a Palliative Care register.
Health professionals (HPs) continue to receive on the job mentorship as palliative care integration (PCI) into the public health system continues
Health professionals (HPs) continue to receive on the job mentorship as palliative care integration (PCI) into the public health system continues
Research Update
Dr Dickson Chifamba ( Island Principal Researcher) and Lovemore Mupaza (Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Manager) representing Island, recently attended the Theory of Change workshop, in Blantyre, Malawi. This is a 3 country study on Multimorbid Ageing Primary Palliative Care in Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe (MAP Care).
RichardHarding on Twitter: "The national palliative care lead from the Malawi Ministry of Health opens our Theory of Change workshop funded by @The_MRC @mjanebates @islandhospiceUK @APCAssociation @CSI_KCL advancing primary palliative care Ghana, Malawi Zimbabwe… https://t.co/b8u6KyeZBE"
Branch Highlights
We continue to strengthen community outreach clinics in the delivery of palliative care services in hard to reach areas, especially when the Covid-19 pandemic has added strain to the public health system. Hospice & palliative care has become less restricted to the confines of a physical hospice building, as taking palliative and bereavement care to the community continues to blur these lines thereby ensuring we #LeaveNoOneBehind !
Bulawayo
The branch continues to engage the community and various stakeholders in a bid to share the work of Island in Bulawayo.
The branch coordinator, Dr Natsayi Mujuru facilitated a workshop for health professionals at Mpilo Hospital, in Bulawayo to share nuggets on holistic pain management under the OAK Foundation funded project
Dr Natsayi addressing health professionals at Mpilo Hospital, in Bulawayo
Dr Natsayi addressing health professionals at Mpilo Hospital, in Bulawayo
Outreach clinic in Nketa, Bulawayo
Outreach clinic in Nketa, Bulawayo
Harare Branch
The Chikwaka Roadside clinic in Chikwaka aims to provide holistic care to patients by the roadside. The team also took time to conduct home visits to patients who are not mobile due to illness.
Island Clinicians visiting children at Shearly Cripps in Chikwaka Rural. Crocheted doll and blankets are donated by volunteers.
Island Clinicians visiting children at Shearly Cripps in Chikwaka Rural. Crocheted doll and blankets are donated by volunteers.
Clinical social worker offers psychosocial-support to a patient during the monthly roadside clinic in Chikwaka rural
Clinical social worker offers psychosocial-support to a patient during the monthly roadside clinic in Chikwaka rural
Palliative Care nurse with a patient during the monthly roadside clinic in Chikwaka Rural
Palliative Care nurse with a patient during the monthly roadside clinic in Chikwaka Rural
We hosted clinicians from Kariba, who are under training by the Hospice and Palliative Care Association Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ) while they were on attachment for a week. Strengthening and building grassroots capacity in palliative care remain key in improving the quality of life of patients, including children and their families.
Marondera Branch
Our presence in Marondera continues to grow steadily and we have intensified our community engagement efforts. This is one of our key strategic initiatives to raise awareness of the services we have to offer the Marondera Community.
On Valentine's Day the team set up at the Simbisa Brands Complex to share the work of Island with the community.
On Valentine's Day the team set up at the Simbisa Brands Complex to share the work of Island with the community.
We have also introduced monthly clinical meetings with the aim of engaging medical personnel within the Marondera community to discuss cases and possible interventions.
If you are a medical practitioner and would want to be part of this conversation on 20 April between 1 pm -2 pm (CAT), please call our Marondera office on +263 279 232 6772 / email: marondera@islandhospice.co.zw and book a spot.
Older persons in Marondera Rural continue to receive support through the Supporting Older Persons Project (SOPP). Older Persons (OP) champions are cadres who have been trained and are continuously mentored in palliative care (PC) and OP rights. These hard-working OP champions in rural Marondera represent the voice of OPs in matters that concern them.
We are especially grateful for the tremendous support we continue to receive from Ruzawi School. Ruzawi School and all their supporters have taken Island as one of the charities they support.
Ruzawi School recently held a successful Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Marondera branch.
Ruzawi School - Marondera Charity Golf Day 2022 In support...
Mutare Branch
The disability inclusion pilot project, funded by UKAID in Mutare has intensified community engagement and the need to raise awareness of PC and disability.
Our team has embarked on community awareness roadshows, moving around the communities in Manicaland, in a bid to raise awareness.
Disability Inclusion Roadshow in Odzi, Manicaland
Disability Inclusion Roadshow in Odzi, Manicaland
Outreach clinic in Zimunya, Mutare
Outreach clinic in Zimunya, Mutare
Clinicians at a home visit.
Clinicians at a home visit.
Effective home visits and patient care have been made possible by the support of our donors and corporate partners. Our over 20-year-old vehicle fleet was effectively upgraded through various initiatives.
Many thanks to the True Colours Trust, UK Trust, ABC Auctions and Lighthouse Print (for branding 2 of the vehicles).
Thank you!
Upcoming Events
ABC Auctions Partnership
We are excited to announce that ABC Auctions have extended its partnership with us beyond the Charity Auction. For all the donated goods that come to our charity shop, we will be sending them for auctioning at ABC Auctions! Please do support our Charity Shop as it goes Online through the ABC Auctions App !!!
Takkie Week 23-27 May 2022
Please wear your favourite pair of #Takkies4Island and donate to our work. Please lookout for more details on our social media platforms.
Survivor Men’s Event 23 June 2022
Should you wish to partner with us on this event, please get hold of Wendy on Email: resourcemob@islandhospice.co.zw
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