Together with the Dominican Sisters of Strahlfeld, Germany, we kindly ask for your support for the Regina Coeli Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.
As medical students, each of us got the chance to visit the hospital headed by the Dominican Sisters for several weeks. The 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 for 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. Now, we'd like to support the team in Regina Coeli to sustainably develop their hospital. The hospital is in need of an anesthetist who would make cesarian sections possible again. The anesthetist will be sent by the district under the condition that there is an accomodation available for him or her. We would like to support the hospital building that accomodation as well as we want to help them to improve their infrastructre, e.g. the water supply. The old pipes set patients at risk of an infection.
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.
Support the staff of Regina Coeli to help their patients! Please share this campaign with your friends, relatives and colleagues. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:
Felix Hutmacher, Katja Mayer and Wiebke Böhmer
Special thanks to Firmin Forster who allowed us to use his pictures for this campaign.