Zimbabwe Network for Health – Europe

Ann Brechin & Ginny raise $400 for ZimHealth maternity care projects

Our supporters take many shapes and forms but this is the first time we have had a canine supporter join ZimHealth’s drive for quality health for all! Read on to discover how Anne Brechin and her Jack Russell have supported ZimHealth through these uncertain times.

It has been rather a frustrating period during lockdown for diaspora fundraising activities. We always value opportunities to meet, to exchange and to offer support for ZimHealth projects: but these gatherings haven’t been possible of late. However, in 2020 Oak Foundation provided a special $50’000 emergency grant for Covid-related oxygen equipment for our district hospitals. When ZimHealth was founded 12 years ago, our members in the diaspora made a commitment to improve maternity care in Zimbabwe; during this time, we have mobilized resources and provided equipment for more than 30 maternity clinics and provincial hospitals.

In recent weeks, Anne Brechin and her Jack Russell dog, Ginny have done sponsored walks on ZimHealth’s behalf and raised $400 for our projects. “I got upset about lack of maternity care in Zimbabwe. As a child I loved escaping into the bush and climbing kopjes with my dogs, so a sponsored walk seemed the perfect way to help.”

“My grandmother nursed Gandhi, and later worked at Bonda Mission Hospital. When I was at school at Peterhouse, I used to volunteer at Marondera Hospital in the children’s unit, one afternoon a week, to play with the kids.”

Many thanks, Annie (and your dog Ginny Woof) for your 60 miles, fundraising for our association. Rest assured, your $400 dollars can go a long way and will be wisely spent by ZimHealth!

Annie, aged 4 with her first dog
Ann Brechin’s sponsored walk with Ginny

The Zimbabwe Network for Health (ZimHealth) seeks to raise funds to procure and distribute m edicines, diagnostics, vaccines and other commodities to rehabilitate the health facilities in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s once robust health-care services have declined in recent years, exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic, a serious economic crisis and the considerable exodus of skilled personnel including doctors and nurses.