21 May 2011

Healthcare in Africa

Re-printed from 10-Fold E-mail

Nyadire Hospital, Zimbabwe

About 100 miles northeast of the capital city of Harare is Nyadire, where Nyadire United Methodist Hospital (NUMH) is located. It is a part of the larger Nyadire United Methodist Mission complex, which includes a primary and a secondary school, a teachers college, a United Methodist church, and a cooperative farm.

NUMH staff members strive to deliver quality health care services and improve the quality of life of people in the community. At Nyadire, the most common patient ailments include tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, and hypertension. HIV/AIDS is also commonly seen at the hospital, especially in pregnant mothers.

NUMH has many services to offer its patients and the Nyadire community, but there is still a great need. The primary challenge currently facing Nyadire United Methodist Hospital is the retention and adequate training of its staff.

Salary and taxation issues that discourage doctors, nurses, and aides to work in a mission or other private hospitals compound the lack of housing. At times UMCOR has provided additional salary support for hospital staff to ensure that the people of Nyadire continue to have the medical care they so desperately need.

Supply shortages are a serious issue for Nyadire and hospitals and clinics throughout Zimbabwe. Basic supplies such as gauze and gloves are in high demand. All of the doctors and nurses speak of the need for pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, painkillers, anti-retroviral drugs for HIV patients and test kits for HIV.

UMCOR helps to supply these through Medicine Box shipments and facilitating the delivery of additional medicines and supplies, particularly during hard times.

Nyadire Hospital receives support from UMCOR through the Hospital Revitalization program. You can support Hospital Revitalization by giving to UMCOR Advance #982168.

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