We are meeting in Guiseley on Saturday afternoon 12th May 2018 for an update on recent activity and events at Murambinda Mission Hospital, FMH fundraising activities and future projects.
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The hospital was opened on 9th April 1968 and has since grown to the 100 bed institution that now serves as the District Hospital for Buhera District.
Mary Miller and Mike Thompson arrived at Murambinda Mission Hospital on April 8th for a week of observing the hospital at work, meeting old friends and making new, evaluating projects funded and sharing in the celebrations of the hospital’s 50th anniversary.
On November 25th 2017 we are meeting to catch up on recent events at Murambinda Mission Hospital and to see how best we can support its patients, staff and services.
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Sister Silindiwe and Mr Mudzi flew out from Edinburgh on 8th April to return home to Murambinda after a very successful trip to renew friendships and strengthen the relationship between the hospital and the Friends of Murambinda Hospital
They were shown around the Emergency Care Hospital in Newcastle by Matthew Anderson a medical student who has worked at Murambinda Hospital.
Sr Silindiwe Shuma and Mr Cephas Mudzi attended the meeting of FMH trustees and supporters in Leeds on 2nd April 2017. They were welcomed and made many valuable contributions and explanations to the meeting. They were able to get an understanding of the difficulties experienced in getting donations and distributing scarce funds by the Friends of Murambinda Hospital.
Sister Silindiwe and Mr Mudzi are continuing to visit FMH supporters in Scotland and be involved in fundraising activities. If you would like to come and meet them please email email@example.com.
Princess Rukasha is a medical student in Australia who went to Murambinda Mission Hospital in November 2016 for her student elective. Her report gives details of the enthusiastic traditional welcome she received, good teaching and sharing of skills by the nurses. She saw the wide range of serious illnesses facing the people of Zimbabwe and Manicaland in particular by visiting Buhera Hospital and some of the outlying clinics.
The Friends of Murambinda Hospital supports the provision of health care throughout the Buhera District not just in the hospital. The information that Princess has been able to supply to the trustees is very helpful in making decisions on the spending of scarce funds.
The entrance to outpatients Buhera District is a poor area of Zimbabwe
The Mwerihari river flows strongly at times The entrance to Buhera Hospital
Buhera Hospital Out Patients Chiweshe rural clinic
We decided to improve the future self sufficiency of the Hospital by funding improvements to the kitchen garden including irrigation and greenhouses at a cost of around £3,616
We will service blood testing equipment to help with the care of acutely ill patients at a cost of £4,118
We will continue to pay the salaries of some key members of staff in full and supplement key hospital salaries. However we are having to cut the supplements from 75% of what we paid in 2015 to 50% due to shortages of funds and the decline in the £:$ exchange rate. This is at a cost of £24,838.00
We will fund some important and life saving medical equipment. We will also pay for some improvements to the comfort and privacy of in-patients. Exact sum to be to be determined.