Buhera is one of the poorest districts of Zimbabwe. Most people scratch a living by semi-subsistence farming. The climate is semi-arid and the soil is poor. Any failure of rains or disturbance of the crops or cattle can spell disaster to the people. Buhera district has problems with malnutrition and malaria. Infant deaths are common and many mothers die in pregnancy and childbirth. Added to this, in recent years, AIDS and TB have been devastating.
Murambinda Mission Hospital is the only medically staffed hospital in the district. It is the acting government district hospital run by the sisters of the Little Company of Mary. It has 125 beds and has around 86 staff.
In 2016 there were 6170 admissions, 47,222 outpatient attendances, 1,524 deliveries, 435 new TB cases and 3567 minor operations were performed and 248 major ones. It is a very busy place. The district has a population of approximately 300,000 people with 3 doctors and 35 nurses (by way of comparison, for each doctor in Buhera district, there are approximately 150 in England, and for each nurse in Buhera, there are approximately 48 in England!).
The population of Murumbinda and its surrounding districts and all who benefit from the healthcare provided by the Hospital are extremely grateful for all the support the Friends of Murumbinda Hospital provides. Without that support, they would not receive the medical attention and treatments so desperately needed nor benefit from the improved quality of life that that donations provide.