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Island Hospice and Healthcare team continue providing vital care in Zimbabwe

Author: Claire Morris, Global Advocacy Director, The WHPCA
21 November 2017

As the political situation in Zimbabwe unfolds, the Island Hospice and Healthcare team continue providing vital care to some of the most vulnerable people in society who are living with and dying from life-threatening conditions. Their work needs international support now more than ever. Now is not the time to look away.

In the UK, Island Hospice and Healthcare UK, which provides support to Island Hospice and Health Care Zimbabwe, has launched an appeal with Tonkotsu. Tonkotsu is a successful ramen restaurant with 6 independent outlets across London and a presence in Selfridges in London and Birmingham. In the stand alone outlets, Tonkotsu are requesting a 50p donation from tables of more than 2 which will be matched by Tonkotsu in aid of Island Hospice and Healthcare Zimbabwe.

All the funds raised will go to provide essential palliative care medicines for people who are living with serious and life-threatening illness. It is a fantastic initiative by Tonkotsu to help those in need in Zimbabwe is some of the most challenging times.

It is estimated that 1 in 60 people need palliative care. 1 in 4 children in Zimbabwe have lost one or both parents and require bereavement support. The health system is struggling to cope and basic needs such as food, cash and medicines are out of reach many. The small costs to access basic health care are too much for too many and the distances people have to travel to receive health care prevent people accessing the basic treatments and support they need.

The political situation is challenging and as it continues there is increased fear of violence. But while the political situation unfolds, people in need continue to call the Island hospice team with stage IV cancer, HIV and other conditions which require immediate support to treat suffering and the Island Hospice and Healthcare team respond.

Despite the challenges Island Hospice and Healthcare continue to work and provide the care that is needed for the most vulnerable in the country. They radically improve and change people’s lives and you can help. Now more than ever they need your support and just a small action or donation can make a radical difference.

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. Margaret Mead

Here is how you can help:

Some suggested tweets:

  • 1 in 60 people in #Zimbabwe need palliative care. They need your help now more than ever. Donate here: http://bit.ly/2hEq6I6 @islandhospicezw
  • Visit @tonkotsulondon for a ramen before the end of November with your friend and you can support the amazing work of @islandhospicezw who are helping the most vulnerable.

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chenjerai

Thank you Claire with this article. Indeed healthcare in Zimbabwe especially for patients with life threatening conditions such as cancer among others is mammoth to access. like you rightly mentioned, user fees despite being perceived as little is a huge amount many fail to raise for their healthcare needs. access to basic pain medications is a challenge. Thanks to Island Hospice and Healthcare and its partners for coming to the rescue of these patients. I agree any help be it small counts for something big as I have worked in Zimbabwe all my professional life and witnessed the difficulties these patients and their families experience. although many people are talking of the political change in my country, it may not be sooner when suffering patient access basic health services. I am sure someone out there will keep their helping hand stretched out to the needy in Zimbabwe.

23/11/2017 15:01:37


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