Murambinda Hospital is the acting government district hospital for Buhera District, owned by the sisters of the Little Company of Mary. It has 125 beds and around 86 staff.
In 2016 there were:
- 6170 in-patient admissions
- 47,222 outpatient attendances
- 1,524 babies delivered
- 435 new TB cases
- 3,567 minor operations performed
- 248 major ones.
Zimbabwe faces many challenges including drought , electricity supply problems with power cuts, alarming inflation. These have got much worse since then. Controlling HIV / AIDS, TB and malaria continue to demand enormous efforts, and now the COVID 19 pandemic is raging. Few people in Buhera have running water to wash their hands.
The district is the second poorest in Zimbabwe and has a population of 300,000 people, for whose care the Hospital has 3 doctors and 35 nurses. The Hospital also supports the network of 30 rural clinics, each with one nurse attached, who bring primary healthcare to the outlying population.
How We Help the Hospital
FMH’s priorities are
- to support and invest in the skills and talents of local people and help to provide the materials they need to do the job
- to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the hospital by supporting infrastructure and new developments
- to help to retain hospital staff and the stock of medicines and surgical supplies
In the current crisis we are providing for the Hospital
- Incentives to keep the 3 doctors at Murambinda
- Stocks of mealie meal, sugar, rice and cooking oil 4 times a year for staff to help them to feed their families
- Money to help to upgrade infection control and provide PPE for staff in the COVID 19 pandemic
- The next phase of installing solar power for all departments of the Hospital
- Support for the Hospital nutrition garden (see below)