Island Hospice & Healthcare Quarterly Newsletter - Issue #1

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Island Hospice & Healthcare Quarterly Newsletter - Issue #1
Welcome dear friends to our new home! We have recently joined Revue by Twitter through which we will be issuing our quarterly updates.
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It was a busy quarter 2 with projects and most of our fundraising events going virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We remain indebted to the multitudes of our supporters who have embraced the ‘new normal’, and continued to support our initiatives during these difficult times.
We do not take your kindness for granted.

News in brief...
We continue to offer support to older persons (OPs) in Bulawayo and Marondera rural.
In Bulawayo, the Covid-19 older persons (OPs) emergency response project which commenced in the first quarter of 2021 is progressing well and will come to an end in July 2021. The project has provided medication and psychosocial support to OPs admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) and Thorngrove Hospital Covid wards, installed a water tank to an old age home and Covid-19 awareness campaigns are ongoing.
To ensure the availability of clean and safe water for OPs in Marondera, borehole maintenance was conducted in the four sites of the project namely Arcadia, Chiota, Border church and Wenimbe. The locations in need of water were identified by the OP Champions who were chosen to represent the older persons and community. 
Thanks to our Anonymous donor for making it all possible!
Borehole resuscitated in Marondera
Borehole resuscitated in Marondera
We are currently in our Year 2, quarter 1 of Piloting the disability inclusive approach to palliative care access in Zimbabwe project. Out of the 86 palliative care patients under our care who were interviewed during this quarter, using the Washington Group of Questions Tool, 70 patients are people with disabilities. Hence, the need to scale up disability inclusion in all palliative care programming in the country.
Island Palliative Nurse administering the Washington Group of Questions Tool
Island Palliative Nurse administering the Washington Group of Questions Tool
The month of May saw the end of the inaugural year of the Oak project in Bulawayo, which for many years has been implemented in Harare. The project comprised of the training, supervision and mentoring of community health-based workers and patient care. The project funding has since been renewed since June 2021. We are grateful to The OAK Foundation who have been funding palliative care in Zimbabwe through Island Hospice & Healthcare for over 20 years!
A traditional-Christian herbalist sharing his work and herbs and the importance of the training he received from Island Hospice and Healthcare.
A traditional-Christian herbalist sharing his work and herbs and the importance of the training he received from Island Hospice and Healthcare.
Fundraising & Events
We are proud to have hosted the second virtual edition of the Annual Takkie Day Campaign 2021 since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in Zimbabwe. This year the event was much bigger as it spread across all our 4 branches (Bulawayo, Harare, Marondera and Mutare). We are grateful to everyone who wore their #Takkies4Island, purchased our first ever Island Shoelaces and corporates who came on board including the Zimpapers Group. Our profound gratitude goes to the schools and parents who headed our call and encouraged their children to participate and give towards the campaign. Indeed, as Luisa Omielan rightly puts it ‘the gift of giving starts early.’ THANK YOU!
Island Hospice Zim on Twitter: "Amazing is what this is! It's all about #Takkies4Island #takkies4island2021 We are leaving noone behind! #Palliativecareforall @Zimpapers2 @myarea46 @ZOLconnect @BNhasi… https://t.co/IDydThUUxG"
The Annual Survivor Men’s Event took place on Thursday 28 June and again this year we were privileged to entertain virtual audiences from across all our 4 branches! We look forward to a bigger and better event in 2022 as we celebrate our 5th year. Yes! Next year the Survivor Men’s Event will be turning a BIG 5! You can watch the video on our YouTube channel.
The Survivor Men's Event: Virtual Edition 2021
Our Donors and Partners
Island is grateful to the following donors for grants and support provided to the organisation: The UKTrust, True Colours Trust, Comic Relief, Positive Action for Children, Oak Foundation, The CommunityHospice, UKAidDirect, Simon Sherwin Fretton, Barbara Glaser
Donors and Partners
Donors and Partners
Upcoming Events
Island Hospice & Healthcare Virtual Marathon: August 2021Simply inbox the word marathon to our Island Hospice & Healthcare (@IslandHospiceService) Facebook page and follow the prompts.
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