The Regina Colei Mission Hospital is located in the East of Zimbabwe in a remote and rural area neighboring Mozambique. It is the only Hospital within a radius of about 100 kilometres and essential for the peoples' medical supply. Pregnant women, accident victims or Malaria-patients - the 120 beds of the hospital are always well filled. There is also an outpatients' department, ensuring the treatment of about 40 visitors per day, mainly with chronic diseases.
The financial situation of the hospital is precarious. Neither the state nor NGOs give hardly any support. Even though a day at the hospital costs only a few dollars - just like most of the medication - many patients are unable to pay for their treatment. Nevertheless, the hospital tries to provide an adequate therapy to everyone. That is why some people even travel as far as 265 kilometres from the capital, Harare, looking for a treatment they can pay for. Because of all these circumstances, the hospital strongly relies on private donors.
In a first fundraising campaign, we were able to raise money to keep the hospital running. With the funds provided by our donors, the hospital was able to buy drugs that are essential for the maternity ward as well as oxygen supplies. Then, we were able to support the team in Regina Coeli to sustainably develop their hospital. They have now built a house for the anaesthetist which will make cesarian sections possible again in the near future.
The current fundraising campaign is based on our experience that circumstances in Zimbabwe can change day by day. Prices for medication may rise suddenly; but at the same time, the hospital is in need of a new X-Ray machine as it is getting harder and harder to buy spare parts for the outdated old device. This is why we want to leave the choice how to distribute the money as useful as possible to the Sisters in charge. Of course, we will still monitor the responsible spending of the money.
The staff fights these adverse conditions day by day. There's only one doctor, who is responsible for all patients, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Every week, the team meets in order to improve the processes and work sequences.
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Special thanks to Firmin Forster who allowed us to use his pictures for this campaign.