Zimbabwe Network for Health – Europe

July 2009

ZimHealth Receives The Support of Geneva Authorities for Mbare Project

Having just received the good news of the safe arrival of our first consignment for Mbare clinic, ZimHealth has received a very welcome and important donation of funds from Geneva City. This pledge of 15’000 Swiss francs will allow us to send a further consignment of much needed equipment for Mbare clinic.

Sometimes a well chosen comparison speaks far louder that the most detailed description. Did you know that every year, as many patients give birth at Mbare clinic as in Geneva University Hospital? This question served to illustrate to the Geneva City authorities both the gulf in means that exist between the two, as well as their universal and common purpose in helping to bring into the world several hundred babies every year.

Since March 2009, representatives from ZimHealth had had several meetings with the authorities from Geneva City to present them our project for Mbare clinic. At each of these meetings, we were impressed by their very positive and helpful attitude. With their advice, our project was gradually modified: their positive criticism helped us weed out any weak points and to tailor the project to what they could realistically offer us. One of the points brought up was that ZimHealth officials were being too humble; indeed, it is worth mentioning that there is an incredible amount of experience, in the fields of public health and management within ZimHealth! Future donors can be confident in the fact that not only will our projects be well managed, but also that they will be well chosen and appropriate.

At the final meeting, where three ministers of the Geneva City governments were present (Sandrine Salerno, Manuel Tornare and Patrice Mugny), the project was deemed ripe and we were offered 15’000 Swiss francs, which will effectively double the total amount we can spend on materials for Mbare clinic. A fantastic job is being done by the staff at Mbare clinic with the little means they have. We are confident that by providing them with much needed material, not only will they be able to continue their work, but also they will be in a position to do it better, and that even more lives will be saved.

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.

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